DIY Bird Feeders

DIY Bird Feeders CollageThis month’s Lowe’s Creative Ideas blogger challenge was all about the birds! And, with spring most definitely here, it was a fitting challenge. As always, the toughest part was just figuring out what to do.  We decided that we liked the idea of a bird feeder better than a bird house–and we wanted something small enough that hopefully pigeons wouldn’t think they were invited to the party (we had a pigeon issue when we first moved into this house and while I like cute little birds, I loathe rats with wings pigeons)! So, here’s what we came up with:

Can you tell what they’re made from? They were easy to do–even something the kiddos can help with! And, I love the pop of color we have outside now.

Here’s the bird challenge supplies we picked up at Lowe’s:

- 3 small paint cans, a 3/16″ wooden dowel, finch food, a Hummingbird feeder & Hummingbird food! Now, of course, the hummingbird stuff wasn’t part of our DIY project. But, since we were thinking of our little feathered friends, we had to get something for our beautiful desert hummingbirds–like this guy:Hopefully they’ll come around even more often now that we have a new feeder!

Ok, now back to our project….

We started by cutting part of the dowel into 4 inch pieces (one for each paint can). Then Big Brother & I got to work on sprucing up the paint cans. Because I already had it, we just used paints from the Martha Stewart line.

I set out a bunch of colors and took a huge risk in letting Big Brother pick out which ones to use! But, I was very please with his choices–red, blue, and green. Together, we painted the three cans and I painted the dowel pieces brown.

Once those had a good while to dry, I put a little bead of hot glue on the inside grove of the top of each paint can (where the lid would snap into) and I stuck a dowel piece in. Then, we needed something to hang them. Originally, we had just planned to use twine. But, a quick look through my bin of ribbons revealed some of just the right colors! I thought those would be more fun for a pop of extra color. We tied those on and I put a couple of dabs of hot glue under the ribbon to help secure it. Then, we went out by the garden, tied them to one of our mulberry trees, and filled them with finch food!

The project was quick & easy, but provides such a cute look out by our garden. And, here’s the best part…our fine feathered friends have already taken notice! Here’s what we saw when we came downstairs this morning:

“Build it and they will come!” ;)

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  1. Those are SO cute! I just love them. Great idea!

  2. Such a cute idea! =)

  3. These are so fun! I bet the kids would have fun painting the cans, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Krissy–yes, they would love it! My oldest was so eager to help and is now so excited about the birds coming to the feeders! :)

  4. So cute! This months challenge was fun! Off to share your link on FB!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Becca! And for sharing on FB! :) This one was fun–the kids loved it! I can’t wait for this next month’s challenge–and can’t wait for SNAP! :) See you then!

  5. These bird feeders are absolutely adorable! These would be a great project for my girls to make this summer. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this! We were going to do something similar using old formula canisters, but I was worried that they wouldn’t hold up in the weather. Using paint cans is a perfect solution – Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Thanks, Heidi! The formula cans is definitely an idea that might work! I’m always looking for a way to reuse those! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Carol Dee says:

    How did I miss this ost? I think they look great hanging in your yard and apperantly so do the Finch. I hope your hummer comes to your feeder and brings along some friends. We spent endless hour enjoying the humming birds last summer. The 1st year I was succesful at atracting them. Hugs….

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Thanks, Carol! Yes, the birds are loving it! Haven’t caught glimpse of a hummingbird yet, but so hoping they come around! :) They test my photography skills with trying to capture them! :)

  8. These look so cheerful hanging in the tree!! I saw this first on Pinterest and added it to my Outdoor Inspirations board…but then I saw you again on TT&J’s Weekend Wrap-Up. What a great project : )

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Thanks, Jaimee! They were such a simple project, but do add such cheeriness to the backyard! Plus, the boys love watching for birds to come!

  9. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    How brilliant! These are so cheery and pretty. I hope you will link this to my Hippity Hop Easter Project Hop.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

  10. Such a clever and creative idea! Pinned it!

    Your hummingbird photo is exceptional!

    Jenn

  11. Carmen Lucero says:

    Very easy to make and cute too! Repinnned.

    Hugs,

    Carmen

  12. Please don’t use the red dyed hummingbird stuff! It’s bad for them! You can make your own quite simply: http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/nectar.php

  13. LOVE these! So cute, bright and cheerful!
    Great job!

  14. These are adorable. I shared a link to your tutorial on my blog. Can’t wait to make my own this weekend. :)

  15. Were u able to buy empty paint cans from lowes too?

  16. Did you use pints or 1/2 pint tin cans? Thanks!

  17. Cindy Laidlaw says:

    Just a quick safety tip…the red in your hummingbird feeder is poison to them. They will still be attracted to the nectar without the coloring. Espectially if the feeder itself is red.

  18. I love this idea! i’m featuring you on Creative Green Living today.

  19. Pooja Shukla says:

    Wow! I love the idea…..will definitely try it with my kiddo this weekend. Repinned it!

  20. super cute! my son and I will be taking this on for a school project. thanks! :)

  21. Carol Terrell says:

    Do you think you could use empty aluminum cans for this or would they be too small?? I want to do this with my Girl Scout troop but I don’t want to have to buy 12 empty paint cans. We are all about reusing what we already have! ;)

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Hi Carol,
      I think you could absolutely try it. There wouldn’t be a nice groove for the perch to fit into nicely, but otherwise, I think it’s definitely worth a shot!

  22. tracy r. says:

    I bought the same hummingbird feeder and they love it! Am going to try the paint can feeders…great idea!

  23. Love your idea and have the same reason for needing something to keep the pigeons out. Please tell me how you got rid of the pigeons!! We are desperate to get rid of them, so we can have small birds again!

    • Sara @MomEndeavors says:

      Ha, Nancy! I’m not entirely sure I have a good answer. We still have pigeons. But, they’ve left the feeders alone (the feeders are still in the exact same place as in those photos). We had to put some chicken wire in some strategic places in our roof as they were trying to nest up there. But, once we did that, the pigeons stopped nesting on our house.

  24. What a great idea! The kids and I are planning to make several different types of bird feeders and then watch them to see which ones the birds like best. We’re also hoping to attract a wider variety of birds by using different types of feeders. We will have to add your idea to the project! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hi Sara! Just wanted to let you know that I featured this post on my Facebook page during April and people loved it. It was actually the highest liked post for April! I do a round up of the top 20, so today I’ve featured you on my blog today as well (link below). Thanks for such an awesome post! http://craftsbyamanda.com/2014/05/great-craft-ideas-may-2014.html

  26. that is cool! could you use like little soup cans for this instead????????

  27. Such cute simple idea that will be fun for both the kiddos & grownup alike. Not to even mention the low cost on these! Thanks!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    Did you remove the old paint from the cans or buy them empty?

  29. Love the look, but what about squirrels? I would think these cans would be an easy hit for them.

  30. Sara @MomEndeavors says:

    I actually bought them empty & new like that at Lowe’s! :)

  31. Sara @MomEndeavors says:

    Ha! Probably true, but where I live (in the deserts of Arizona), we don’t have any squirrels to contend with. So, it works great for us! :)

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