Homemade Bird Feeders

If you love simple DIY projects, this blog post is for you! We have tons of homemade bird feeder projects for the whole family. Kids of all ages will love making their own bird feeders, and hungry birds will love the food! 

Keep reading to find our favorite homemade bird feeders.

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Image shows a compilation of bird feeder tutorials from different sources using household items.
You won’t believe how fun & easy these bird feeders are to make.

EASY BIRD FEEDER TUTORIALS 

Today we have so many easy DIY bird feeders for kids who love wild birds, nature, and fun project ideas they can do at home. These DIYs require very simple materials that you probably already have at home or can find in any craft store or grocery stores, such as a pipe cleaner, wooden spoons, a plastic bottle, a popsicle stick, and plastic containers.

These creative ideas are perfect for celebrating Earth Day as it teaches kids about the importance of respecting wildlife and taking care of our environment. It is also a fun way to learn about the different types of birds. Not only that but these step by step tutorial projects are a great way to enhance fine motor skills too. 

From preschool to kindergarten and elementary school kids — we have many different tutorials so everyone can make their own feeders to watch our beloved feathered friends. In fact, we have 38 homemade bird feeder crafts. 

Happy building!

Image shows a homemade bird feeder hanging in a tree branch. Idea from Kids Activities Blog
Let’s use a pine cone for this easy bird feeder!

1. Easy Pine Cone Bird Feeder Winter Craft for Kids

This homemade bird feeder is easy and fun to make, and great for wild birds in the winter! All you need is a pinecone, peanut butter, bird seed, and string.

Image shows a recycled bird feeder using a water bottle
You don’t need a lot to make little birds happy!

2. Homemade Recycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeder & Nectar Recipe

Teach kids the importance of recycling and learning about birds by building a plastic bottle hummingbird feeder from your recycling bin.

Image shows a homemade bird feeder made with a pine cone
We love pine cone crafts too!

3. Pine Cone Crafts – Bird Feeders

This is a great way to use up some of our nature finds and make something nice for our feathered friends! From Red Ted Art.

Image shows a homemade bird feeder from CBC
Birds will love munching on this treat.

4. Winter Activity For Kids: Stale Bread Birdfeeders

Don’t throw your stale bread! Instead, use it to make a bird feeder with your kids. From CBC.

Image shows a bird feeder made out of a gourd idea from Kitchen Counter Chronicle
Let’s make a bird feeder out of a gourd.

5. How To Make a Gourd Bird Feeder

This tutorial is more suitable for older kids and adults as it requires using a serrated knife. But it just looks so cute! From Kitchen Counter Chronicle.

Image shows a bird feeder made with a paper plate. Idea from Happy Hooligans
You don’t need a lot to make this bird feeder.

6. Paper Plate Bird Feeder for Kids to Make

This paper plate bird feeder from Happy Hooligans is perfect to do as a family and then watch the birds that come to eat in your backyard.

Image shows a bird feeder made out of recycled bottles. Idea from Hometalk
Ooh-la-la, what a fancy bird feeder!

7. Thrifted Glass Bird Feeders

Got empty vases and candy dishes that you don’t use anymore? Let’s make a chic bird feeder! From Home Talk.

Image shows a bird feeder made with cheerios. Idea from Happy Hooligans
This bird feeder is perfect for little hands.

8. Cheerio Bird Feeders – Simple Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder for Toddlers

These Cheerio bird feeders from Happy Hooligans are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make using just pipe cleaners and Cheerios. 

Image shows a bird feeder made witha baguel. Idea from Mama Papa Bubba
Your toddler will be able to participate in this craft.

9. Homemade Bird Feeders

For this project, you’ll only need wild bird seed mix, wholewheat bakery bagels, peanut butter, and some simple materials. Even your toddlers will be able to participate in the making of this bird feeder! From Mama Papa Bubba.

Image shows orange bird feeders from Happy Hooligans
These will look so cute in your garden!

10. Orange Cup Bird Feeders

Fill empty orange rinds with a few simple ingredients to make bird feeders for your garden. Just follow the simple tutorial from Happy Hooligans.

Image shows a closeup of a bird feeder made with fruit and grain. Idea from CBC
Doesn’t this bird feeder look delicious?

11. Fruit & Grain Bird Feeders

These simple bird feeders are so easy to make but will look so pretty hanging in your garden – and the birds will appreciate your effort. From CBC.

Image shows a simple cardbox bird feeder. Idea from Happy Hooligans
This bird feeder looks like a pretty bird house!

12. Easy Homemade Cardboard Bird Feeder for Kids

Create a bird feeder out of cardboard for your backyard birds to enjoy! Use as many colors as you want to celebrate the start of spring. From Happy Hooligans.

Image shows two birds on top of a bird feeder made out of ice. From Twig and Toadstool
This craft is perfect for the winter.

13. Feeding Our Feathered Friends: Rainbow Ice Bird Feeders

Making ice bird feeders is easier than you think, and kids will love participating in this project during the winter months. From Twig & Toadstool.

Image shows a homemade bird feeder hanging from a purple piece of fabric. From Hands on as we grow
Here’s another winter bird feeder!

14. Cool Ice Wreath Bird Feeder Craft Kids Can Make

Feed the birds with a pretty ice wreath bird feeder craft that kids can make in winter! From Hands-on As We Grow.

Image shows a cute bird feeder made out of a juice box. From Red Ted Art
Isn’t this bird feeder just too cute?

15. Juice Carton Crafts: Owl Bird Feeder

A quick and easy owl bird feeder craft made with juice cartons or milk cartons to make. Grab your googly eyes! From Red Ted Art.

Image shows a bird feeder made out of an empty milk jug. Idea from Happy Hooligans
We love upcycling everything!

16. Milk Jug Bird Feeder

This tutorial from Happy Hooligans is so good for the environment! This is a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers to accompany a unit on birds.

Image shows a bird feeder made out of an orange peel. Idea from Mama Papa Bubba
Don’t throw away your orange peel!

17. Citrus Cup Bird Feeders

This bird feeder tutorial is best with older kids as it requires some “sewing” the oranges. But younger kids will be able to fill in the feeder with bird seeds. From Mama Papa Bubba.

Image shows two bird feederes made out of cans hanging from a tree branch. Idea from Mom Endeavors
This tutorial is so easy and creative.

18. DIY Bird Feeders

These bird feeders/birdhouses are so easy to do that even the kiddos can help with. From Mom Endeavors.

Image shows a bird feeder craft made with toilet paper rolls.
Use toilet paper rolls for this craft.

19. Summer Project Ideas

To make these bird feeders, you will only need toilet paper rolls, birdseeds, and peanut butter! From Play From Scratch.

Image shows a bird feeder with corn kernel molds. Idea from Happy Hooligans
You can make a bird feeder that looks like a heart!

20. Simple Bird Feeder with Snow, Corn and Chestnuts

Use the snow to mold a simple bird feeder to serve corn and chestnuts to the birds and squirrels in your yard. From Happy Hooligans.

Image shows a bird feeder and a bird eating from it
Let’s welcome spring with this fun bird feeder!

21. Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

Let’s use cookie cutters to make a quick and simple bird feeder to do with the kids – you can make them in many different shapes! From Juggling with Kids.

Image shows a simple bird feeder hanging from a tree with a piece of fabric. Idea from Infarrantly Creative
This simple craft is easy enough for little kids

22. Bird Seed Wreath

Making a birdseed wreath is a fun, classic way to welcome Spring. They also double as nice housewarming gifts. From Infarrantly Creative.

Image shows a bird or butterfly feeder  from Melissa Camara Walkins
Let’s repurpose our old jars!

23. DIY bird or butterfly feeder

This bird and butterfly feeder is so easy, although younger kids might need assistance from an adult to work with the wire. From Melissa Camana Wilkins.

Image shows a homemade bird feeder on top of a branch with a bird next to it. Idea from The Garden-Roof Coop
Let’s make a “bird garden”!

24. DIY Suet Feeders

This suet feeder includes a homemade suet recipe that will surely attract bluebirds! This craft is more suitable for older kids and adults. From The Garden-Roof Coop.

Image shows three small bird feederes in pink, yellow, and blue. Idea from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
What?! A bird feeder with no tools?!

25. Make an Easy DIY Bird Feeder (no tools needed)

Let’s make a cute bird feeder for the garden! No tools needed – just a bit of glue, paint and supplies from the craft store. From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Image shows a simple macrame orange bird feeder. Ideas from Blue Corduroy
We love natural decoration that also helps wildlife!

26. Simple Macrame Orange Bird Feeder

This tutorial from Blue Corduroy is so simple and the birds love it! As an added bonus – they look so cute!

Image shows a bird feeder made out of a soda bottle. Idea from Kelly Leigh Creates
Those empty soda bottles can be upcycled!

27. Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

By making this craft, we keep a plastic bottle out of the landfill. Might need help from an adult to cut through the bottle. From Kelly Leigh Creates.

Image shows a homemade teacup bird feeder hanging from a tree Idea from Practically Functional
Isn’t this bird feeder just so creative?

28. How to Make a Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

Let’s learn how to make a teacup bird feeder; it’s so simple and easy to make, and ends up being a super cute garden decoration! From Practically Functional.

Image shows a tea cup bird feeder. Idea from DIY Show off.
Another original bird feeder idea!

29. Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial

The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. From DIY Showoff.

Image shows a DIY bird feeder from Erin's Creative Energy
You won’t need too many supplies for this craft!

30. DIY Bird Feeders

To make these bird feeders from Erin’s Creative Energy, you’ll need to drill a bit (so it is not suitable for kids), but the end result is so adorable!

Image shows an acorn bird feeder from Tried and True Blog
A simple and easy tutorial.

31. Acorn Bird Feeder Tutorial

This acorn bird feeder from Tried and True Blog looks so neat on any garden.

Image shows three pinecones turned into bird feeders. Idea from Freebie finding mom.
Give a second use to those pinecones you’ve found last fall.

32. Easy Fall Crafts Using Pine Cones: Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders

This pine cone bird feeder tutorial from Freebie Finding Mom allows the little ones to exercise creativity, motor skills, and excess energy while learning about birds.

Image shows three colorblock bird feeders. Idea from Handmade Charlotte
We just love how colorful these bird feeders are.

33. DIY Colorblock Bird Feeders

We loved this tutorial from Handmade Charlotte! Invite some colorful visitors to your backyard this spring with these DIY bird feeders!

Image shows a handmade bird feeder made with a flower pot with a bird next to it. Idea from All Things Heart and Home
Got an extra flower pot?

34. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot

I love this DIY bird feeder from a flower pot and a couple of terra cotta saucers – birds will love the free food too! From All Things Heart and Home.

Image shows an ice ornament bird feeder. Idea from Hello Glow
This is such a simple tutorial.

35. DIY Birdseed Ice Ornaments

This is the perfect craft to do with kids since it’s so easy. It’s also a great craft for the winter months. Grab your bird seed, cranberries, and twine! From Hello Glow.

Image shows a bird feeder made with a tin can and shaped like a flower. Idea from Birds and Blooms.
You can make this bird feeder in so many different colors.

36. DIY Tin Can Flower Bird Feeder

Repurpose tin cans to make this cute yet functional bird feeder. Kids will need adult supervision or assistance! From Birds&Blooms.

Looking for more crafts to do with the whole family? We’ve got them:

Did you enjoy making these bird feeders?

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