This easy to make bird feeder tray was a quick project incorporated last weekend near the Startle Garden. I love this space because there’s an abundance of natural life that energizes. You can view that garden here.
This feeder occupies what was a broken tree trunk that we planned to cut down but every time the chain saw was out we forgot. Since I’m pretty sure it’s an expired trunk I decided to get creative a make this hip level bird feeder.
Supplies and Materials
This quick project includes some very basic tools that you probably already have, if not don’t worry because they’re not that expensive if you need to incorporate a few.
- Drill + Glass Cutting Drill Bit – Got my bit at Home Depot
- Hand Saw
- One screw and washer
- Terra Cotta Saucer – any size
- Scissors, raffia and fabric (Optional but it adds character)
- Fruit and bird seed
- A tree trunk or post to connect the saucer
First cut the Trunk
Begin with taking the saw and cut a smooth surface; try to get it as straight as possible so the tray sits flat. Move the saw back and forth and if your arm gets tired just take a break and smile because guess what? Your building muscles!
Drilling Terra Cotta
Next, we drill a hole in the center of the saucer by first adding water, then slowly drilling with the glass bit. The water keeps the bit from slipping and adds moisture to the saucer. By adding water and drilling slow you detour the risk of breaking the saucer.
This tip can be applied to all types of ceramic and remember to always drill slow.
Attaching the Saucer to the Wood
- After the hole is made remove the water and wipe the dish clean.
- Get your screw and washer and insert through the hole connecting to the tree trunk.
- Drill very slow or use a hand screw driver and don’t secure it tight. If you twist the screw tighter than necessary the saucer may crack.
Add Bird Food
Then add a nice combo of feed just enough to fill the bottom of the dish, I may have added a bit much here… With the assortment of birds that visit I’m hoping it will disappear quickly.
Finishing Up with Raffia and Fabric
With every bird project there seems to be a repeat of adding some kind of personal touch. I can’t help it and this time it was natural raffia and fringed fabric. I just tied these elements around the base underneath the feeder and it was done.
This project was fun; a hip level works here because I can add food while walking by dropping in place. With my busy lifestyle this works perfectly.
We now have two active feeders that welcome the birds in addition to the food hunting they do while they visit.
Feeding the birds is a favorite pass time, I really do try to stop, relax and appreciate our surroundings because the simplicity of our lifestyle helps me stay grounded.