Ruffle Some Feathers: 7 Creative Homemade Bird Feeders for Your Backyard

Photo by: Marco Becerra
Starbucks Bird Feeder
I love the look of this feeder made from recycled materials. The feeder uses a wire coat hanger, fence plank, Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, and a tuna ... more 
Photo by: Marco Becerra
Starbucks Bird Feeder
I love the look of this feeder made from recycled materials. The feeder uses a wire coat hanger, fence plank, Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, and a tuna can. The bottle cap adds extra decoration. Simply hang the bottle so that there is enough space at the bottom for the bird seed to spill out and fill the can.
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I love watching the birds at my feeders. However, doing so comes with a price tag. Aside from the cost of suet and seed, the feeders themselves are expensive! But there are ways to cut costs when it comes to bird feeding, and you can have some fun with it as well by making your own bird feeders, often from recycled materials. Something as simple as a plastic water bottle can be made into a bird feeder, and a coffee cup hung from a tree branch is all that you need to serve up some suet. Making your own feeder is also a fun family activity. If you have any plastic bottles, milk cartons, coffee cans, wine bottles, mesh produce bags, coconut husks, or gourds around, you can make a bird feeder out of it. Items such as coat hangers or knotted strings can be used to form hangers. Dowels, pencils, or even chopsticks can be used as perches. The following slideshow has examples of feeders made from the above materials. Take a look, get inspired, and plan your own DIY bird feeder project! - By Carleen Coulter



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