This month on the ten for 10 challenge I decided to use scrap wood and create extremely easy to build bird feeders. I’m serious y’all this project includes steps that are lightning fast allowing you to create duplicate bird feeders for under $10 even if you don’t have scrap wood available. Within minutes you’ll be hanging feeders outside and the best part the birds absolutely love them.
Supplies + Tools
To build new purchase the following items from any home improvement store. Ribbon comes from your favorite craft store and make sure it’s something that makes you smile. I went with a green shimmer because it reminded me of spring and the edibles can be purchased at any grocery store.
- One 8 ft. 2 x 2 board = $1.82 (untreated pine)
- One 6 ft. Cedar Fence Board = $1.85
- Screws = .10 each
- Ribbon = will vary, mine was on sale for $2.00
- Peanut Butter and Bird Seed = Prices vary depending on container size
- A Saw, drill and scissors is necessary
- Cut the 2 x 2 into different lengths, space from 1.5 ft. and under.
- Drill holes through one end for ribbon hanger.
- Cut cedar fence board into 5 inch pieces
- Connect the cedar to the 2 x 2 with a screw – first insert pilot holes, tutorial can be found here.
- Cut the ribbon and insert through the hole and tie off in a bow or knot for hanging.
Add Peanut Butter
When the feeder is assembled use a table knife to spread peanut butter around the base. It’s kind of like frosting a cake but you don’t have to be detailed and if you like peanut butter make sure to have a spoon handy because that scent may crave a little hunger within.
Don’t forget Bird Seed
A few weeks ago, Home Depot was giving away bird seed so I used this sunflower seed blend for my project. Any natural bird seed would work but I have to tell you the birds love this one. Simply sprinkle the seed onto the peanut butter and watch it stick or fall all over the place. Which means make sure to have a dish to catch the pieces that miss their destination.
When the feeders are finished display next to your favorite birdhouse or hang from a tree. My plan was to sell mine at our farm stand but I failed to wrap them in plastic and the birds came by and ate them all up in no time. I’m thinking I just may hang them in the garden because they’re just so cute! These feeders would also make fun gifts for those friends who have everything. We’re just keeping it simple and having fun!