The tin can bird feeder is perfect for the bird enthusiasts of the world. This feeder is made out of a recycled can and can be hung anywhere in your yard or garden. It is the perfect way to make a bird feeder that is lacking in personality. The birds will love the perching spots on the top and front, and you’ll love the adorable addition to your garden. Not only will this feeder look great in your yard, but the birds will love it too!
Tin Can Bird Feeder
If you have been looking for a way to reuse items you already have on hand, this is the perfect craft for this weekend. It’s simple, inexpensive, and fun enough to get the kids involved. Grab the empty tin cans, some paint, a few pieces of ribbon, an old wooden spoon, and glue. Then, make your bird feeder out of a tin can into the perfect addition to your lawn that is ideal for bringing out the birds and even squirrels!
Not only is this feeder practical, but it’s also really cute! You can choose a different way to make it each time that will fit your personality and style. Hang it in your backyard and watch as birds flock to it for food. It’s the perfect way to enjoy nature while helping the planet.
If the kids want to make a bird feeder too, you can have them work on this craft stick bird feeder instead for a bit easier project. Of course, here is another huge list of DIY bird feeder ideas to check out.
What can I Use For the Bird Perch?
There are a lot of things that you can use for the bird perch on this tin can bird feeder. I am using a wooden spoon, but you can do whatever you have on hand. You can use a dowel rod or even a ruler. You can also use a stick or a twig from your yard.
The main things to consider are if you can paint it easily and if it will be sturdy enough to hold the weight of a bird, but not so heavy it pulls the tin can down. I like smaller wooden or plastic spoons for this, but you can look around your home and find something on hand to upcycle just for this project.
What Other Ways Can I Decorate This Bird Feeder?
There are endless ways that you can decorate this bird feeder. You can paint it any color you want or even decoupage it with pretty paper. You could also add beads, sequins, or other embellishments to make it really stand out. Try some glitter and other sparkly things like rhinestones to get the bird’s attention. Get creative and have fun with it!
Whatever you add to the outside of the can, make sure that it is suitable for weather conditions, but also, safe for the animals. Gluing things on is great, but if they are small enough to cause a choking hazard to the birds, you may want to avoid them. I like sticking with simple things like paint, ribbon, and washi tape with the seeds inside to attract the birds.
How Can I Secure The Bird Feeder?
You can secure the bird feeder in a variety of ways. It can be as simple as tying it onto a porch railing or even hanging it on a shepherd’s hook. If you’re feeling handy, you can even drill a hole into the side of a wood post and screw the feeder onto it.
Other options include adding a screw to the back of the can and using twine to hang it from a tree. You will simply want to make sure that the method you choose keeps the can steady and secure so it won’t sway around and allow the birdseed to fall out onto the ground.
- Tin can
- Wooden spoon
- 1″ red and white checked ribbon
- 1/2″ red and white polka dot ribbon
- Red craft paint
- Blue spray paint
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
How to Make a Tin Can Bird Feeder
Remove any labels and glue from the tin can, rinse it out, and allow it to dry. Now, spray the can with blue paint, or paint the entire outside with blue acrylic paint. Set it aside for 30 minutes to 1 hour to dry completely.
While the paint is drying, paint the wooden spoon then set it aside to dry.
When both are completely dry, you will add a strip of hot glue along the side of the can. This is to hold the spoon in place and will be the bottom of the feeder. Push the spoon onto the glue and hold it until set in place. You can add more glue if needed at this point.
Now, use the checked ribbon and wrap it around both ends of the can so that it overlaps the spoon to “hold” it into place.
Cut a length of red ribbon and wrap it around the very center of the can then tie with a bow on top.
Decide where to display your bird feeder, fill it with seed.
Set up the feeder, then sit back and watch the birds come to eat!
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- Spray the tin can with blue paint and set it aside to dry.
- Paint the wooden spoon red and set it aside to dry.
- Once the paint has dried on both the can and spoon, add a length of hot glue along the side of the can.
- Place the spoon onto the can over the glue, so that the spoon end is hanging out in front of the open end of the can.
- Now, wrap a strip of red and white checked ribbon around both edges of the can, so they overlap the spoon.
- Glue to secure.
- Cut a length of the red and white polka dot ribbon and wrap it around the middle of the can then tie it into a bow.
- Fill with birdseed and place outside.
Make in a variety of sizes then hang on a tree with different seeds in each can to attract a variety of birds.
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Finished Project Gallery
You can use any color of paint and ribbon, and even use a plastic spoon instead of wood if you prefer!