This easy bird feeder has been a big hit with all the birds in our neighborhood. This simple bird feeder makes a great gift or an easy project to sell in your Etsy online shop. We attract all kinds of birds with this bird feeder and if you’re experienced with a drill, you can make it in a snap! We used a dog-eared fence board because we were able to pick one up at the hardware store for less than $2.00 and we can get 2 – 3 feeders out of one board, depending on the length.
Here’s what we used:
- 1″ x 6″ x 24″ piece of wood (cut from the board we mentioned above – they’ll do this for you at the store!)
- Power drill
- Small drill bit
- 2 1/2″ Hole saw – Not sure what this is? You can see one here.
- Outdoor wood stain or paint with brush
- Sanding block (optional if you want to sand the surface and holes – I like it rustic so I skipped this step)
- (2) 4 oz. jelly jars (DO NOT use larger jars – birds can get stuck!) Get them here.
- Pencil or pen for marking
- Drapery finial with screw attached – Home-do-it centers usually have them and remember, a pair will make 2 feeders.
Here’s how we made the Easy Bird Feeder:
- THE DRILLING STEP – We measured 2″ from the end of the board and placed one jar in the center as shown below. Then we traced around THE BOTTOM of the jar and then repeated this on the opposite end. We made a dot in the center of each circle we traced to place the drill bit from the hole saw. We made sure to do this on top of scrap wood because the drill bit in the hole saw will drill through the bottom of the board! We lined up the drill bit in the hole saw with the dot in the first traced circle. Using firm pressure, we drilled the hole. We needed to hold the board down with the opposite hand or it would start spinning. We rocked the drill back and forth until we made it all the way through. We repeated this on the opposite end of the board. Now we found the center of the entire board and marked it with a dot. Using a regular drill bit (not the hole saw), we drilled a pilot hole in the center that is about 1/2 the size of the screw that sticks out of the finial. The finial should screw in tightly to this little hole, so we made sure not to drill the pilot hole too large. I realize some of the photos are sideways, but I thought it gave a better angle!
- STAINING – We stained the entire board, top and bottom, to the desired color and let dry.
- ASSEMBLY – We screwed the finial into the small pilot hole until flush. The screw sticks out of the bottom of the board. Finally, we screwed the entire assembly into the center of our 4 x 4 fence post. We filled the jars with the desired bird food and set them in the holes.
Stay tuned for a guest post about how to attract Orioles to your bird feeders!
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