19 DIY Bird Feeder Ideas to Attract Pollinators to Your Garden

Bird Feeder Projects

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Looking for bird feeder ideas?

Here are some awesome looking feeders that get the job done without ruining the look of your garden.

Plus, many of them are DIY.

This gives you a great excuse to spend time with your kids.

Of course, there’s also the benefits of getting more birds to visit your garden.

As you know, they’re not just lovely to look at.

Birds also help keep your garden healthy. They eat bugs and insects. They also get rid of weeds. And, they help with pollination too.

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder Ideas

Remember those fun elementary school arts & crafts projects you had with popsicle sticks?

Well, this one is a little more useful that those.

But, nevertheless just as fun.

It’s a great DIY project your kids will love making with you.

Plus, they’ll likely enjoy seeing the birds eat from it as well.

DIY Inverted Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Ideas

This is one of the coolest bird feeders I’ve seen.

I can still remember the first time I saw it. I was like “wow!”

What’s even better is that once you go through the tutorial, you’ll see how simple it is to make.

I couldn’t believe that something so awesome looking can be so easy to create.

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Projects

I love mason jars.

I think they’re probably one of the greatest things to be invented.

You not only get to use them to store food and other times, you can also use them for decor and DIY crafts.

This is the case with this bird feeder.

It’s a simple design with a lot going for it in terms of coolness.

By the way, do make sure to tighten the string or cord that you decide to use to hang the jar with.

It should be able to withstand wind and rain.

Wild Bird Suet Feeder

Bird Feeder Projects

This is a great idea for the winter.

That’s because birds need that extra layer of fat to keep them warm during the cold and even icy days.

Suet, or rendered fat, is perfect for that.

As such, this feeder allows them to feed on seeds and get in the extra fat to go with it.

This makes your garden attract wild birds even during the winter months.

DIY Cup  & Plate Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder Projects

Have some old tea cup sets lying around?

Why not use one or a couple to create this lovely bird feeder.

Feel free to use cups & plates with colors that match your garden. This will make them blend in with the surroundings.

Note that you will need a drill for this one. The drill is for making the hole for the screws that will hold the entire feeder.

Grapevine Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder Projects

I’m not sure as how close the wreath design of this feeder will remind birds of their nests, but it sure does resemble one.

In any case, grape vine works really well in holding bird feed.

It also gives the birds somewhere to perch on while they eat. Or, just hang out for a little to rest.

DIY Colorblock Bird Feeder

DIY Colorblock Bird Feeder

This is as close as you get to in terms of mimicking the design of those commercial bird feeders.

You have the vertical housing that holds all the seeds.

And, a little contraption that relies on the bird’s weight to trigger it to open.

That said, the most attractive part of this feeds is the transparent cylindrical mid-section.

You see all the bird feel. And, it lets you add all sorts of decorations to make it attractive.

Light Orb Bird Feeders

Light Orb Bird Feeders

Do you still have some of your old light orbs in the basement or attic?

If so, you can clean them up and use them as hanging bird feeders.

They’re the perfect size for small birds to get in and out of easily.

Plus, they’re light enough to hold on branches.

But, like some of the more delicate pieces above, do make sure to secure it tightly.

Otherwise, it could be a mess if it drops and breaks. The shattered bits could make it dangerous for your kids.

DIY Geometric Bird Feeder

DIY Geometric Bird Feeder

This is one of the most unique looking bird feeders I’ve seen.

And that’s what’s so great about it.

Its uniqueness will definitely make it a conversational piece for anyone who walks by your garden.

I do like the use of the triangle shape because the heavier bottom sides stabilize the entire feeder.

This prevents the seeds from spilling due to tilting.

DIY Mason Jar Bird Feeder

DIY Mason Jar Bird Feeder

This is another mason jar bird feeder.

Did I mention how I love mason jars?

That said, this one is a little more complex than the one above. But, it also looks so much cooler.

I love the dispenser component at the bottom.

And, that you can decorate the holder on top however way you want to.

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

This teacup design probably poses the least work for birds.

After all, the seeds are laid out on the small plate.

This lets them enjoy (and pick) which ones they want to eat.

I particular like this design because I myself am a picky eater. Not as much as I used to be. But, still do get a little picky from time to time.

Simple Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

Simple Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

This is yet another popsicle stick bird feeder.

But, this one is closer to the projects we used to do in grade school.

The thing I love most about these simple DIY project is that you get to enjoy doing them with the kids.

They’re not dangerous. Nor require power tools.

So, the kids are free to get messy without mommy or daddy having to look over their shoulder.

DIY Hanging Bird Feeder

DIY Hanging Bird Feeder

So simple, yet so classy looking.

If you just showed me the finished product and asked me where you got it, I probably would have said some mid- to high-end houseware, decor or furniture store.

And, I’d be very wrong.

In reality, you can do it yourself with just a few simple items. Cheap too!

Homemade Log Birdfeeder

DIY Hanging Bird Feeder

If you make your own firewood or have access to logs, this is something you can craft from a section of wood.

You will need a chainsaw to get through the log. And, you’ll need a fairly thick one at that.

The width of the log gives you enough space to carve the inside.

That’s where you’ll be placing the seeds.

Bird House Tray Bird Feeder

Bird House Tray Bird Feeder

For something a little less equipment-heavy, you can try this.

This colorful bird feeder makes use of toy bird houses and a plastic tray to hold them all.

Of course, you get to decide the design of the birdhouses and colors you like most.

But all in all, this is a fun way to get more birds to your garden.

DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Is it just me or do the wine bottles look awesomely unique.

This is another rendition of using wine bottles for feeding birds in your garden.

The only difference is, you’ll need a little bit of steady hands here.

That’s because you’re drilling holes onto the sides or bottom of the wine bottles.

That’s how the birds will access their food.

Sunflower Tower Bird-Feeder

Sunflower Tower Bird-Feeder

If you like the look of the traditional bird feeder, then this is something worth trying.

Once again, you’ll need a drill and little bit of crafting.

But, nothing too difficult.

In the end, you get a bird feed tower that uses wiring to hold the bird feed.

The wiring is likewise perfect because it naturally has small holes that give the birds access to their food.

DIY Bird House Feeder

DIY Bird House Feeder

Have some time to do a little woodwork?

Then try making thing DIY bird house feeder.

This works well for feeding. And, will definitely be big enough for lots of birds to perch on should they choose.

The best part is, it’s fairly simple to create.

Simple Orange Peel Bird Feeder

Simple Orange Peel Bird Feeder

Don’t throw away those orange peels.

You can use them in your garden.

Or, you can create a fun bird feeder like this one.

This uses the orange peel to hold the feed. So, it’s important not to peel the orange bit by bit by hand.

Instead, you’ll want to scoop out the wedges and leave the entire peel intact.


Birds liven up any garden.

Plus, they help it grow because they eat critters, help with pollination and reduce weeds.

If you’re looking for a way to attract more birds to your garden, try these wonderful bird feeder ideas.

Which bird feeder do you like most? Let me know below.


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