Build Your own Bird Feeder for National Bird-Feeding Month

Posted on Feb 13 2013 - 4:00am by Garret Stembridge


You probably already know that February is the month of love, but did you know that you’re supposed to extend some adoration to your feathered friends this month as well?

February is National Bird-Feeding Month! It’s an official designation too. Congressman John Porter read a resolution for National Bird-Feeding Month that’s on the Congressional Record on February 23, 1994. In honor of this month, I have plenty of ideas for you on how to build your own bird feeder using reclaimed materials.

Support birds with a soda bottle

Why not put that empty soda bottle to good use? Kate at Centsational Girl posted a step-by-step tutorial on how to make an attractive bird feeder using an empty liter bottle, Ball jar lids and a few other supplies.


Birdfeeder craft from Centsational Girl

Bird feeder craft from Centsational Girl

Feed birds with teacups

Teacups and saucers aren’t just for your enjoyment. If you build a teacup bird feeder, the saucer can serve as a perch, while the cup may hold your seeds. Visit thrift shops or garage sales to find great teacups and saucers for this project. For a guide on how to make your own teacup bird feeder, visit Bright Nest. If you like this idea, but don’t want to make your own, shop online at Etsy where you’ll find several handmade variations of the teacup bird feeder.

Keep that stale bagel out of the trash

There’s no need to throw out a stale bagel. A day-old bagel is a readymade bird feeder. The National Wildlife Federation explains how you can turn an uneaten bagel into dinner for the birds using yarn and a few simple ingredients you likely have on hand.

Dip out a space in your snowman’s head

Even if it’s temporary, a snowman bird feeder is too charming to pass up! At Birds & Blooms, you can see the beautiful image of a cardinal eating from a snowman’s head. The project came from a reader who makes a snowman bird feeder each year. She says the cardinal was nearly “jumping up and down he was so happy to see the fresh nutmeats.”

Put building scraps to good use

Instead of throwing out scraps from other projects, use them to build a bird feeder. Lowe’s shows you how to make a bird feeder using a small piece of PVC drain pipe and scrap wood.

I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own bird feeder from reclaimed materials. Once you’re ready to feed, visit the National Bird-Feeding Society for tips on placement of feeders and ways to attract the backyard birds of your choice.

If you feed birds, what kind of food do you use? Which birds are your favorites?

 Garret Stembridge