DIY Wooden Bird Feeder (With Video)

Disclaimer: Obsessed Woodworking is reader-supported. I may receive a small commission if you purchase anything through my site.

As the days grow longer and nature awakens, it’s the perfect time to add a handmade touch to your garden with a wooden bird feeder.

This project not only enhances your outdoor space but also provides a valuable resource for local birds.

Here’s how to create your own:

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • Durable, weather-resistant wood (e.g., cedar or redwood)
  • Weather-resistant screws or outdoor wood glue
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Saw (hand saw, jigsaw, or circular saw)
  • Sandpaper (various grits)
  • Non-toxic, outdoor-grade finish
  • Rope or chain for hanging
  • Measuring tape and pencil

Instructions:

  1. Design Planning: Decide whether you want a simple platform feeder, which is easy to make and clean, or a house-style feeder with a roof to protect the seed. Sketch your design with dimensions.
  2. Cutting Your Wood: Based on your design, cut the wood to size. For a platform feeder, you’ll need a base and possibly a frame. For a house-style feeder, cut pieces for the sides, base, and roof.
  3. Drilling Drainage Holes: Drill small holes in the base to allow water to drain, keeping the birdseed dry.
  4. Assembly: Assemble your feeder using deck screws or wood glue. If you’re building a house-style feeder, consider attaching the roof with hinges for easy access.
  5. Sanding: Sand all surfaces smooth to ensure it’s safe for birds and has a finished look.
  6. Finishing: Apply a non-toxic, outdoor-grade finish to protect the wood from the elements and extend the feeder’s life.
  7. Adding a Hanging Mechanism: Secure a rope or chain to your feeder. Ensure it’s strong enough to support the feeder’s weight plus the birds.
  8. Hanging Your Feeder: Choose a spot in your garden where you can easily see and enjoy the birds. Hang the feeder from a branch or a hook.
  9. Maintenance: Regularly clean and refill your feeder to keep the birds coming back.

Video:

Here is a good video on making a bird feeder:

Conclusion:

Creating a wooden bird feeder is a delightful project that brings a piece of nature closer to your home. It’s a simple way to practice woodworking skills, support local wildlife, and enjoy the beauty of spring. Hang your feeder, fill it with seeds, and watch as your garden becomes a hub of avian activity.

Please leave a comment to join the discussion