30+ Upcycling Ideas for a DIY Bird Bath or DIY Bird Feeder

30+ Upcycling Ideas for a DIY Bird Bath or DIY 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 a good DIY bird bath project or trying to make the best bird feeders from upcycled materials.

Upcycling and repurposing go hand in hand with garden or yard projects, particularly bird baths and feeders. In fact, I’ve already made quite a few of them.

Like my 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 my casserole dish lid hanging bird bath

Hanging bird bath that is easy to clean made from casserole dish lid for bird bath bowl with pot lid holder of chain by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

From a hanging bird bath, to a bird bath bowl, to anything you’d hang on a bird feeder bowl, there are TONS of upcycling ideas for your backyard birds. So, to help spark my creative muse, I looked for inspiration and collected a bunch of upcycled bird bath and DIY bird feeder ideas that I wanted to share with you!


Upcycling Ideas for the Best Bird Feeders and Bird Baths

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There are some FANTASTIC DIY bird bath ideas and ways to create the best bird feeders out there…now I just need to figure out which kind of upcycling idea I want to work on next. 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.

Think you’ll be making a repurposed bird bath or bird feeder to hang on your bird feeder pole soon? I know I will be!

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  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 🙂

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  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.


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