how to build a homemade bird feederKerri, over at our blog of the week Colors of the Garden has been talking about bird feeders during the week and showing some of the different types of feeders that they have. Some of them have been bought and some have been homemade.
If you don’t enjoy having birds in your garden (and there are some good reasons why you may not – they eat your fruit, they make a lot of mess, they tempt the cat etc) then building a bird feeder may not be greatest idea. However, if you enjoy being able to sit and watch these little creatures come and feed from something you built then possibly this might be the way to go.
If you’ve ever Googled “Bird Feeder” in the images search you will notice that there are a plethora of differing types. There are some that stand atop a single post; others that hang from a tree or a running line and others still that sit on the ground. Choosing one will depend upon your own circumstances and what you have available.


  • Post Bird Feeder You would build a post bird feeder if your garden lacked a suitable tree or high spot. You may even choose a post one if you wanted a focal point in your garden to revolve around the birds that come and visit or you may prefer a post bird feeder so that you can naturalise it in your garden amongst the plants.
  • Hanging Bird Feeder You may decide to build a hanging bird feeder if you have predators such as cats (or children, dogs, possums etc) lurking in your garden. You will need to find a suitable tree that is capable of supporting the birds that will come and visit, the bird feeder and the bird feed.
  • Running Line Bird Feeder A bird feeder (or feeders) attached to a running line and strung between a tree and the roof of your balcony may be a great option for those who don’t want to spend to much time having to replenish the food in their feeders. As long as the rope is able to support the weight you may be able to hold a few different types
  • Ground Level Bird Feeder You would only have this type of bird feeder if you are confident that the birds that come and feed there aren’t going to be the dinner of some predator. If you’re sure this the case then it may be a good way for you feed your birds. Some birds, like finches, tend to prefer eating from the ground anyway and you may often find them picking up the spillages from hanging bird feeders.


There’s a great book available for the DIY’er who wants to build their own bird feeder – Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day (aff.). It will even give you some great designs on how to build a birdhouse to attract certain birds.
However, not all bird feeders will be appropriate for the birds in your region. Some homemade bird feeders can be extremely ornate while others are just a suspended plank of wood with a few nails in them to hold some fruit. Check out some of Kerri’s designs.