30+ DIY Ideas for an Upcycled Bird Bath and an Upcycled Bird Feeder

30+ DIY Ideas for an Upcycled Bird Bath and an Upcycled Bird Feeder

Ever since we moved into our house, I’ve been mildly obsessed with making our yard as bird-friendly as possible. I love having a yard full of chirping birds and I geek out when a new species is spotted. So, it’s no surprise that I love any and all bird craft ideas for an upcycled bird feeder or an upcycled bird bath.

Chickadee nest in a bird house in Greenville SC

And, of course, I’ve made several recycled bird feeders and baths already. Such as this suet feeder in a coffee mug.

How to make bird suet for a suet feeder in a ceramic coffee mug as a DIY bird feeder for the winter

And this hanging bird bath from a glass lid for a casserole dish.

Hanging bird bath by upcycling a glass lid as a bird bath bowl

But of course, I’m always on the hunt for even more inspiration for other easy upcycling ideas that benefit the birds in our yard. I’ve made several different upcycled bird houses, as well, but I’ll save those for another post!

Baby Wrens in a birdhouse or bird house in Greenville SC

When you walk in a thrift store, there are any number of items that could be converted into a DIY bird feeder or bird bath. Lucky for us, birds aren’t picky! As long as you can keep it clean and safe, they will likely check out your project.

All you need is some upcycling inspiration and a little bit of time for the birds to determine it’s safe to use!

So, to help spark my creative muse (and yours), I looked for inspiration and collected a bunch of upcycled bird bath and DIY bird feeder ideas that I wanted to share with you!

Bird Craft Ideas for Upcycled Bird Feeders and Baths

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There are some FANTASTIC ideas for upcycled bird feeders and baths, aren’t there? Now I just need to figure out which kinds of bird craft ideas I want to work on next.

diy birdbath that was made from a vintage lamp and a glass dish

And of course, I would employ bird-friendly ideas like keeping the baths shallow, adding pebbles to make a bath non-slip, and covering bird feeders to keep the seed dry.

Platform bird feeder from repurposed pot lids

Either way, repurposing and bird craft ideas are a match made in DIY heaven.

suet feeder in a coffee mug

And if you enjoyed these ideas for an upcycled bird feeder and an upcycled bird bath, then you may also be interested in how I fixed up this junky birdhouse, too!

repairing a rustic birdhouse with barnwood

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Wonderful ideas Sarah! Thanks so much for including my birdbath among the features.


  2. wow! So many great ideas. My favourite has to be the vintage iron chair bird bath. x

  3. I have done a couple of these before! I plan to have a few feeders and baths in my developing garden.

  4. heatheranne1970 says

    What really awesome ideas! I love watching the birds outside, and how fun to creative out of the ordinary bird feeders! Please come share with us each Sunday at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup

  5. Wow, how cute and creative!

  6. Great round up! My favorite is the outdoor lantern feeder! Have a great week 🙂

  7. Karen Wood says

    I love these good ideas!

  8. What a great mix of feeders – Love the bottles they add character to the great outdoors.

  9. These ideas are great! I’d love to make a bird feeder with my son, I think he’d get such a kick out of it! Thanks for linking this up to Merry Monday!

  10. Such great ideas! I love bird baths and feeders. We have a window one and it’s awesome to watch the birds come so close.

    Visiting from Treasure Box Tuesday 🙂

  11. Super cute Ideas!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! I Pin everything to My 2 Favorite Things Pinterest Board!

  12. Great round up! pinned and sharing!

  13. What great ideas! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  14. Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday Linkup party. Please join again.

  15. Jann Olson says

    Lots of fun ideas! I just found an old light fixture that I will be turning into a feeder. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Great list of ideas! I can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  17. There are some neat ideas here…maybe even homemade gifts!

  18. Sarah, I’m loving the little lantern one! What great ideas. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frugal. Love, Mimi xxx

  19. These are so creative ideas! I hate throwing away left pieces of glassware and here’s a lovely way to up-cycle them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. I love some of these ideas – I’m a big bird feeder person and am always replacing the ones those darned squirrels get at!~ and always looking for new feeders.

    Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday~


  21. What great ideas! My parents love watching the birds in their yard. You have inspired me to re-purpose something for them soon!

  22. No shortage of creativity here! Our feeder is pretty boring compared to these but now I have lots of ideas. We had a water feeder/trough on the deck and it was fine until the crows decided it was a good idea to wash their food in it. The last straw was when I seen one washing a recently hatched baby bird. After that it had to go.

  23. Super cute and so creative. it is amazing how many things can be transformed. Thanks for sharing this at DI&DI.

  24. Loving this roundup of bird baths. It gave me some great ideas of things I have that aren’t pulling their weight! LOL

  25. Kitti London says

    Instead of the chain i used a bunch of bright colored macrame rope that i have had for a few years but refused to throw out. I called on my macrame skills of yesteryear. I attached it to a ring i found in a clearance bin and did one simple knot repeatedly, i also ruffed up the rope or more or less frayed it in a few places, making it easily accessible for nest building supplies. it was easier to.spot my feathered friends and they could knock off two chores by having a drink and picking up something special for their home. I also made small blocks of ice in old containers with no matching lid and placed them in the bath a few times a day to keep the water cool and inviting.

  26. How do you keep squirrels out of theses? They are all great ideas.


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