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