How to Make a DIY Bird Feeder

A small bird feeds at the homemade bird feeder

Invite wildlife into your yard by taking a few minutes to create a DIY bird feeder you can hang from a hook or tree in your yard using just a few household items and some bird favourites. In no time, you’ll have an adorable homemade bird feeder that’s sure to bring flutters and tweets to your outdoor retreat. Best of all, most of this DIY bird feeder is compostable, minimizing waste and providing added nutrition to your garden.

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Choose and Scoop Your Pumpkin

    Half of a gourd, hollowed out to create a bowl shape

    Choose a gourd and cut the top third off using a serrated knife, leaving the bottom two thirds for creating your bird feeder. Using a spoon, scoop out the soft and fibrous interior, leaving a thick wall around the gourd but revealing a bowl-like shape.

  2. Step 2 Cut the Twine and Make a Knot

    A piece of twine is tied to make a knot

    Start by using scissors to cut four different pieces of twine, each one the same length. Line up all four together and fold them in half, so you have a fold in the center and eight ends together. Tie a knot two inches below the half-way mark, making a loop you can hang the bird feeder from.

  3. Step 3 Tie the Strings into 4 Knots

    Four strings are tied together

    Tape the loop at the top to a countertop or other flat surface using a piece of painter’s tape. Separate the eight strands into pairs of two. Tie a knot 8 inches down from your first knot on each of the string pairs.

  4. Step 4 Tie Neighbouring Strings Together

    Strings are taped down to a table top using painters tape

    Take one string from the first string pair and one knot from the second string pair and tie a knot on that new pairing, just below the last pair of knots. Repeat this step with one string from the second pair and one string from the third pair. Repeat this step with one string from the third pair and one string from the fourth pair. Finally, tie the final string from the first pair and the final string from the fourth pair together to complete a round arrangement.

  5. Step 5 Tie Everything Together

    A final overhand knot with all eight strands is tied

    Tie a final overhand knot with all eight strands, just below the second set of knots in your basket. This will clinch the end of the basket. Once you have the final knot in place, use your scissors to cut all eight strands straight across, about an inch below your knot.

  6. Step 6 Hang Your Macrame Bird Feeder

    A small bird eats from a DIY bird feeder

    Hang the string from a tree or shepherd’s hook in your yard. With the string supported by the top loop, take your gourd and nestle it into the macrame basket you created. Fill the inside of the gourd with the bird food of your choice. Your homemade bird feeder isn’t just adorable, it’s also a low-waste solution. When the gourd starts to shrivel, simply compost the gourd and repeat the process, adding a new one. You’ve now learned how to make a bird feeder!

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