Swingin' Bird Feeder
Learn how to build your own bird buffet and attract wild birds all year long.
Materials and Tools:
board or other piece of wood, about 6" wide
3 small, stainless steel bowls (such as pet food bowls)
power drill with wood bit
large hole saw bit
large artificial leaves
4 eye bolts with nuts
4 large chain dog collars or other outdoor-grade chain
hog ring stapler and rings
When choosing wood for the bird buffet, any wide, flat piece of wood will do. If using new lumber, make sure it's suitable for outdoor use (either sealed or pressure-treated.
- Position the bowls on the wood as desired and decide whether to attach the bowls to the top of the board or mount them flush with the top of the wood.
- To attach the bowls to the top of the board, position the bowls, turn the board and bowls upside down, and drive a screw through the board and the bottom of each bowl.
- To recess the bowls in the base, position the bowls on the board and trace around them with a marker. Remove the bowls and use the appropriate size hole saw bit to drill the holes through the wood.
- To dress up the birds' snack bar further, use contact adhesive to attach some large artificial leaves. Trace and cut holes in the leaves to match those in the wood.
- Fit the bowls into the holes and hang the feeder from a tree using eye bolts and chain-type dog collars or other chains. Michele Beschen used one eye bolt at each end of the board; using four eye bolts, one at each corner of the board, will make the feeder more stable.
- For each eye bolt, drill a hole through the board the same diameter as the bolt. Screw the eye bolt through the hole from the top of the board and secure with a nut on the underside of the board.
- Use hog rings and hog ring pliers to attach the dog collars or other chains to the eye bolts. Fill and hang the feeder, and enjoy wild birds in your yard all year long.
Note: It is possible to make this project using only two eye bolts and two dog collars or chains. However, the feeder won't be as stable.
How to Make a Squirrel Feeder
Though some avid bird-feeders consider squirrels a backyard pest, placing squirrel feeding stations in your yard often keeps the squirrels away from your bird feeders.
How to Build a Birdhouse with PVC Pipe
Turn PVC pipe into a great birdhouse. PVC is strong, weatherproof and the basis of this easy-to-build birdhouse.
Building a Birdhouse
Learn how to create a birdhouse using recycled pine boards from an old barn with a rustic look, and with practically no expense.
Lightweight Concrete Planters
Why buy expensive concrete planters when just a bit of DIY know-how and leftover foam packing materials are all you need to create your own stylish and lightweight planters.
Brighten a Dull Space With a Container Garden
From patios to balconies, use these tips to easily add color and interest to any space with a container garden.
Tips for Growing Potatoes
Want to grow potatoes in your garden, but you aren't sure where to start? Try these easy steps to have a bountiful harvest of spuds next fall.
Plants for a Small Urban Garden
Check out these plants perfect for a small garden and the planting information for each zone.
Get the buzz on the hardest-working creatures in the garden.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
Lighting down the garden simply adds an extra dimension to your enjoyment of the outdoor space. It helps to show visitors the way to your front door after dark and is an excellent burglar deterrent.
Growing Vegetables Under Cover
Vegetable plants often need protection from cold weather and persistent pests, particularly when they are young and most vulnerable. Being prepared with the appropriate equipment and protective covers is the best way to avoid losses.
We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.More DIY Social
See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.
- Spring Home Maintenance Guide
- Spring Colors for the Garden
- Keeping Lawn and Garden Tools in Shape
- Flowering Bulbs Planted in Spring
- Quick-Growing Spring and Fall Vegetables