Welcome winged guests to your backyard with a decorative snack station filled with their favorite seeds, and you’ll be bringing back the original meaning of the word “tweet.” Made from tin cans, popsicle sticks, picture frames, and more, homemade bird feeders are the perfect outdoor craft for your little nature lovers. Check out the ideas below, and don’t be surprised if your new feathered friends hesitate to fly South this winter.
photo: Art Bar Blog
Milk Carton Bird House/Feeder
The art teacher behind Art Bar Blog came up with this easy upcycle idea for transforming an empty milk carton into a vibrant birdhouse. Utilizing the carton’s house-like shape, she added a small hole and, then had her students decorate using their favorite paint colors. You’ll find a list of materials, and instructions here.
photo: Handmade by Kelly
Recycled Tin Can
This recycled craft by Handmade by Kelly adds a pop of color to any backyard. The bird won’t be able to resist stopping for a snack at this vibrant feeder. Choose your favorite hues of duct tape and head over to Momtastic to learn how to make your own.
photo: Tonya Staab
Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
Be sure to save the sticks from your favorite frozen treats this summer, because this popsicle stick bird feeder is super simple to make, and lots of fun to decorate. Head over to Create-Celebrate-Explore for instructions.
photo: Artzy Creations
Soda Bottle Birdfeeder
The vibrant colors of this recycled bird feeder really pop against the tree’s green leaves. Made using an empty soda bottle, and assorted hues of tissue paper, you’ll find a full list of materials and the step-by-step instructions over at Artzy Creations.
photo: Buggy and Buddy
photo: The Creative Cubby
Egg Carton Feeder
This eco-friendly bird feeder is perfect for serving the flock of feathered friends visiting your backyard this season. Head over to The Creative Cubby to learn to make this easy, recycled craft.
Tree Ornament Feeder
These peck-worthy ornaments were created by the crafty duo behind Eighteen25. Choose your favorite cookie cutter shapes, and head over to the blog to for a list of ingredients and tutorial.
photo: Gary Mueller via Project FeederWatch
LEGO Bird Feeder
Your budding builder will love tackling this fun outdoor craft. When it comes to making your own version of this LEGO feeder, the experts over at Project FeederWatch advise adding drain holes, cleaning regularly, and storing in a sheltered location. Visit their site for help identifying and feeding the birds in your neck of the woods.
photo: via Mod Podge Rocks
Buttoned-Up Bird House
These decorative birdhouses from Sew Country Chick are cute as a button. A little paint, and an assortment of buttons are all you’ll need to add a little flair to any ordinary wooden birdhouse. Fly over to Mod Podge Rocks for the how-to.
photo: Handmade by Kelly
Planning to make a pitcher of fresh-squeezed orange juice or refreshing lemonade? Then be sure to save the rinds for this colorful craft from Handmade by Kelly. These sweet bird feeders are easy to make using the rinds of your favorite citrus. Find the instructions over at Mother Nature Network.
photo: Dana Willard via MADE Everyday
Pine Cone Feeder
The crafty chickadee over at MADE Everyday took the lead making this delicious craft. All you’ll need is a few pinecones, peanut butter, birdseed, string, and about five minutes. Check out the how-to here, and use the leftover peanut butter to make your hungry birds a tasty treat.
photo: 366 Days of Pinterest
This easy bird feeder is as much fun to make as it is to eat. Be sure to keep extra Cheerios on hand for your hungry birds as you create these sweet hearts using pipe cleaners, ribbon, and cereal. Head over to 366 Days of Pinterest for the how-to.
Which bird feeder are you planning to make? Share with us in the comments below.
— Lauren Hill