The best bird feeders for your backyard are the most creative and economical ones. Homemade bird feeders not only cost less than most store bought ones but they can also create a unique visual statement in your backyard. Most of these DIY bird feeder ideas use some sort of recycled material in the construction. All of them are creative and unique.
When I was searching for DIY bird feeder crafts, my goal was to find inexpensive yet attractive bird feeders for the yard. That is why many of these feeders use recycled material, which is about the cheapest way to go. Here is what I found for the best bird feeders to make.
Best Bird Feeders To Make
DIY Bird Feeder From A Recycled Milk Jug
SOURCE: Mother Nature Network
This DIY bird feeder is made from a recycled jug and is one of my favorites. Not only is it a great way to repurpose but it looks great too! The twig roof and pebble entrance give it a nice rustic feel. The tutorial is easy to follow and understand, making it possible for anyone to create this wonderful design.
Simple Recycled Plate Design
SOURCE: Dollar Store Crafts
This ceramic plate bird feeder makes an easy landing for birds to perch. If you have a mismatched plate, that you no longer need, repurposing it for the birds is a perfect idea. However, if you don’t have a spare plate, you can still do this project very inexpensively. Simply purchase a plate from the dollar store or a thrift store. I particularly like the ceramic bird, sitting on top of the plate, ready to greet his feathered friends.
Hang A Clay Saucer
SOURCE: Fave Crafts
A similar design to using a ceramic plate is this idea using a grapevine wreath and a clay pot saucer. The wreath gives a nice decorative border to the clay saucer. Here, the jute or twine is braided for a stronger hold than a single strand. Check out the tutorial for the dimensions and instructions. And, if you would prefer a bird bath, simply fill the saucer with water instead of bird seed!
Whimsical Cup And Saucer DIY Bird Feeder
SOURCE: Builders DIY
This up-cycled tea cup bird feeder is so whimsical and fun. It certainly gives a cup and saucer a great new use. Watch the video tutorial for the detailed instructions.
Use A Variety Of Recycled Containers
SOURCE: Thrifty Fun
Who would have known that this happy feeder was once a McDonald’s happy meal bucket and a plastic mayonnaise jar? This is a great example of how almost anything goes when creating a bird feeder. Hopefully this spurs on even more ideas for containers that can be recycled into feeders.
Clay Pot Bird Feeder Idea
SOURCE: The Garden Coop
I have seen many bird feeders made from clay pots but I especially like this one. I like the fact that an orchid pot already has the pre-drilled holes. This is actually pretty easy to make. There are many different ways to decorate pots as well with paint, stones, sea shells or branches.
Two Frisbees Equals One Bird Feeder
SOURCE: Thrifty Fun
Do you have a couple of old frisbees lying around? Repurpose them into a colorful bird feeder for your yard.
Natural Pine Cone Bird Feeder
SOURCE: Martha Stewart
I had to include a rustic and natural bird feeder in this collection. Pine cones make a great base for attaching seed. This is a great craft for kids and can be used with bagels and paper tubes as additional ideas. Just coat the object with peanut butter and seeds, hang from a tree, and enjoy all of the bird traffic to come.
For more homemade bird feeder ideas, check out my post on DIY bird feeders with unique style.