One of the great joys in my life is looking out my window each day at the birds which gather to eat the seeds that I used to throw on the ground. I say “used to” because I recently made an adorable DIY bird feeder shaped like a house, and now they eat out of that!
And guess what? In this video, I am going to show you how I did it. And you won’t believe what it’s made of … ordinary craft sticks!
Looking for DIY Ideas for How to Make an Easy Bird Feeder?
Making a bird feeder might sound complicated, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, you will be blown away by how simple and straightforward this process is. It shouldn’t take you long at all to complete, and you may already have most of the supplies you need.
What Do You Need to Make a DIY Bird Feeder?
For this project, you are going to need hot glue and a glue gun, a bunch of craft sticks, some gardening wire, and, of course, birdseed! Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors can substitute for the craft sticks.
They are all basically the same thing. If you already have these materials, great! If not, they shouldn’t cost too much to buy.
What Can You Do With This DIY Bird Feeder?
Once you have built this easy bird feeder, you can hang it outside for your local feathery friends to enjoy! Do keep in mind that it can only function as a bird feeder, not a birdhouse, even though it looks like a house. A birdhouse must feature a more enclosed design to protect the birds from predators.
While you can enjoy making this bird feeder to put in your own yard or garden, this can also make a great gift for a fellow birdwatcher.
- Craft sticks
- Gardening wire
- Hot glue and glue gun
- To get started, place two craft sticks in front of you parallel to one another. Then, place two more craft sticks on top of those. Orient them perpendicularly to the first two and hot glue them at the corners so that you have created a square shape.
- Next, dab some more hot glue on all four corners.
- Place two more craft sticks on top of the square you have created. These ones should be aligned with the first two that you originally placed down.
- Continue using hot glue to layer up the craft sticks in this alternating manner. If you played with Lincoln Logs as a kid, you are stacking these craft sticks in the same basic fashion. Layer them up as high as you want them to go. They will form the walls of the bird feeder. The taller you make them, the deeper the feeder will be.
- Next, you are going to make the roof of the bird feeder. It is going to have a pitched design, so it will consist of two squares or rectangles of equal size. To create the first one, place two craft sticks parallel to each other, just as you did at the very beginning of this project when you started making the walls of the bird feeder. They should be the same approximate width from each other as well. Then, use hot glue to attach a row of perpendicular craft sticks over the top of these. Below, you can see this process in action as well as what the outcome should look like.
- Repeat step 5 to create a second identical piece. Once you have completed both, set them aside for now.
- Next, you need to give the bird feeder its floor. To do this, simply hot glue a row of craft sticks across the top of the walls. Then, turn the structure over so that they form the bottom of it. In hindsight (something I may go back to do later on mine), you might want to think about reinforcing this structure. An easy way to do this would be to simply add another row of craft sticks to the bottom of the row that you already created. If you position them perpendicularly, that would create more structural reinforcement than if you used parallel placement.
- Use hot glue to attach the two segments of the roof, joining them together in a peak.
- So that there is not a crack at the top of the structure, add one more craft stick to the top of the roof to seal off the gap between the two segments completely.
- Use hot glue to attach two craft sticks end-to-end with a slight overlap as necessary to accomplish this.
- Slide this double-stick through between the craft sticks near the bottom of the bird feeder in the center. It will extend past the edge of the feeder, offering a little perch for birds to hop onto.
- Run some gardening wire through the roof and tie it at the top so that you have something to hang your bird feeder by.
- Your bird feeder is now ready to fill with seed and hang up somewhere to enjoy!
This bird feeder is not for use with, particularly heavy or aggressive birds. You should also keep squirrels away from the bird feeder. Even though it should hold together reasonably well if you take your time with it, it is still relatively delicate compared to a regular bird feeder. For this reason, you might also consider simply using it as a decor item.
What Are Some Other Ideas for How to Make a Bird Feeder?
If you enjoyed making this bird feeder out of craft sticks, you might be looking for other easy DIY bird feeder projects. If so, be sure and check out this list of 23 easy bird feeder crafts.
That should keep you—and the birds—busy for a while!
What Are Some Other Fun Craft Stick Projects?
If you liked working with the craft sticks and are looking for a way to use the rest of the supply you purchased, check out these three craft stick projects which are perfect for kids or adults.
You can also put together these three DIY craft stick projects in a matter of minutes. Still looking for more? Here is a list of 50 craft stick projects you can do with your kids. Happy summer, and happy crafting!