Copper Twist Bird Feeders

Wood Bird Feeder with a Copper Twist

Christmas was great and we sure enjoyed the simplicity and family time.

Now it’s time to think about the New Year starting with workshops; I’m kicking things off with this fun Copper Twist Bird Feeder.  This easy to make project will decorate the outdoors and invite birds to feast right in your backyard.  Anyone can make this in the comfort of their home or at my next workshops.  View past workshops here.

Let’s take a look at the supplies because I have several things taking place to unfold this feeder.

Copper Twist Bird Feeder

Feeder Supplies

You may already have some of the items and others could be difficult to find if you don’t have access to trees.  Get creative because you could actually make a similar concept using scrap wood.  Check out this project from last year.

I took things a step further and incorporated feeder ornaments as an afterthought, view here. 

  • Chop Saw
  • Drill with bit
  • Two Wood Slabs
  • Piece of tree trunk
  • Screws or nails
  • Raffia or ribbon – Hobby Store
  • 4 ft. Copper wire – Home Improvement Store
  • Fresh fruit like orange or apple slices, cranberries, etc.
  • Garland is made from sewing needle, string, and fresh fruit – Hobby Store

Cutting the Feeder Base

Cutting the Log

Cutting logs with a chop saw can be dangerous so make sure you’re wearing gloves and safety goggles.  Wood pieces may fly and sometimes if you cut to fast the wood will jerk right out of your hand.   So please if you’re making this project at home be careful or have someone with more experience do the cutting for you.

Cut the trunk base straight between 4 – 6 inches and the wood slabs can be cut the same way.  Mine were actually cut with a chain saw, compliments of Robert.  He’s so handy!

Connecting the Feeder

Connecting the Feeder

  1. Connect the feeder by drilling pilot holes in the center of each wood slab.
  2. Connect with screws or nails from the bottom first followed by the top.
  3. Then add a third screw at the top and allow it to stick up, this is where we’ll add the garland.

Drill holes for connecting copper into feeder

Drill for Copper

Drill two more holes in each slab towards the edge so we can pull the copper through.  Here’s the kicker, you want it to fit tight but not so much that it’s difficult to pull through.  Use a drill bit that is slightly larger than the wire width for success.

Incorporating Copper after Drilling holes

Adding the Copper

Are you still with me?  I love this next part and remember there’s no right or wrong way to incorporate the copper. Start from one side and work your way through by making a fun twist in the bottom piece.  Then continue by inserting the rest of the wire stem to the other side.

Have fun with this and make it your own by adding swirls and twists.

Simply get creative!  Think about your design prior to making it happen; use hand crimpers to help twist the copper and don’t over bend.

fruit garland for bird feeder

Making a Garland

Birds love fresh fruit so any combination should work fine.  I went with cranberries and orange slices because it worked with my raffia. I dehydrated the slices just enough so they were past the drip stage and threaded everything using natural twine and a needle.

Once the garland is finished, tie off one end with and attach to the top screw. Leave it hanging or wrap around the feeder so the entire piece becomes a social place for birds to gather and eat.

During the winter months it’s difficult for birds to find food so helping them out a little is just a sweet thing to do.  If you find the feeder empties fast turn the refilling over to the kiddos or grand kids, this little tip teaches compassion, responsibility and a new skill.

Copper Twist Bird Feeder

Adding ribbon or raffia is optional, I just thought it needed a little bit of something for color because it looks pretty blowing in the wind.

Enjoy this project it’s just a fun thing to make after a busy holiday season.  If you’d like to join or schedule a workshop where this feeder comes as a kit, learn more here.   We’re having fun, doing more and feeding the birds in the process.

Copper Twist Bird Feeder with Fruit Garland

7 comments

  1. Courtney says:

    I love this feeder, especially since it blends in with the landscape. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Carole says:

      It really does blend perfectly. Think I will make a cedar one later this week too.

  2. Patti says:

    I love this idea. Now that it’s cold outside here in PA (super cold in fact) I’m getting ready to make some suet to put in some cages for our poor birds. I especially love the copper on this one, adding a little shine to the rustic wood. I assume it will eventually green a pretty green patina which will look fabulous too.

    1. Carole says:

      It’s cold here too -we woke up to the teens this morning so I kind of hibernated this morning. Yes it eventually does turn green but it takes a while and I can always clean it off later. But I love that patina too. Just a fun way to add metal to the garden.

  3. Cheryl says:

    This is absolutely stunning! Great job! I wish you and your husband a Happy New Year, filled with God’s blessings!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Cheryl – the birds seem to enjoy these little social feeders. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year too filled with blessings.

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