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Beyond the Feeder: Cool DIY Bird Feeders for Backyard Birders

The number of bird feeders that can be created for backyard birdwatching enjoyment is limited only by your imagination. Items found at garage sales for a dollar or less – old pans and lids, candle holders, chandeliers and lamps you wouldn’t dare put in your home – all can be upcycled into amazing bird feeders that will turn your backyard into a birding wonderland. You’ll want to hightail it to the nearest garage sale or thrift store, and grab the epoxy after reading today’s blog post.

Simple upcycled ideas, like this cup and saucer glued together and hung with twine, transform your backyard into a bird feeding wonderland to enjoy for the remaining weeks of summer and to get your backyard ready for fall migration bird watching. Photo: Bitsized Biggie

Add more feeders for fall migration

Many backyard birdwatchers have spent the summer watching and feeding fledglings as they grow. With fall migration just around the corner, you’ll be hosting hungry travelers in your backyard before you know it. We have some great DIY ideas for upcycled feeders that will bring many hours of backyard birdwatching pleasure as the summer winds down and autumn nears.

You might have to purchase a few items at the hardware store and have some basic tools on hand, but many of these require only a good epoxy glue and your good finds.

Yesterday’s pot lid is tomorrow’s bird feeder cover. We loved feeders that used old pot lids, roasting pan lids, muffin or pie tins – even a folding steamer basket – for feeder covers and feeder trays. Pictured: Hillbilly Bird Feeders by Gadgetsponge courtesy of Hometalk.

We liked using old muffin tins topped with a roasting pan lid, making a great oblong feeder for larger birds. Light chain and metal rings were used– if the original items did not have existing holes, you may have to create some punch holes for these metal feeders.

Alice in Birdfeeder Wonderland

Just like all the crazy characters in Alice and Wonderland, your backyard birds can have their own mad tea party. We loved the use of tea cups and saucers, tea pots and lid, glass candy dishes and tiered serving trays to make feeders.

 

Just like all the crazy characters in Alice and Wonderland, your backyard birds can have their own mad tea party. We loved the use of tea cups and saucers, tea pots, glass candy dishes and tiered serving trays to make feeders. We loved this one from craftgossip.com.

Tea Party: Glue cups and saucers together for a feeder and perch; use old table legs to mount the combination and place in the ground. You can also use decorative wire or plant hangers to hang your tea cup combinations. Mix and match for colorful effect! 

Tea Pot Feeder: Mount an old tea pot to two boards  with the spout down for seed delivery; glue the lid on upside down for the feeder tray. Mount on a wall, tree or fence. You can also hang a teapot by its handle, block the spout, and use the opening where the lid goes as the feeder. Add a dowel or rod to the spout for a perch.

Tiered Serving Dish Feeder: Those old tiered serving dishes make great feeders, even if one of the tiers is missing.  They usually have a handle on top, making it hook-ready for hanging.

Glass Dish Feeders: A play on the trendy ‘Garden Totems,’ old cut glass plates, bowls, vases and candy dishes, make elegant bird feeders. Use an epoxy made for glass, then glue and stack away. Be careful to hang or place these feeders out of the sun as glass reflects and may make the perch hot and spoil the seeds with too much heat.

 

A play on the trendy ‘Garden Totems,’ old cut glass plates, bowls, vases and candy dishes make elegant bird feeders. Use an epoxy made for glass, then glue and stack away. Be careful to hang or place these feeders out of the sun as glass reflects and may make the perch hot and spoil the seeds with too much heat. Photo: Etsy on Pinterest. 

Reimagine flea market finds

By far, our favorite upcycled bird feeder was an old gumball machine – especially this red one whose color will naturally attract birds. If you’re lucky, you might find one on a pedestal, making it easy to simply place in your backyard. You will have to remove or reverse the metal door where the gumballs once launched and add a perch or platform.

By far, our favorite upcycled bird feeder was an old gumball machine – especially a red one whose color will naturally attract birds. Photo: Downhome Magazine

Chandeliers make stunning, elegant bird feeders – if you want color in the backyard, spray with a rust-resistant paint, and they can be used year-round. Photo: Joseph Harris

 

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