Antique Bed Spring DIY Bird Nesting Material Holder

Antique Bed Spring DIY Bird Nesting Material Holder

Creating repurposed and upcycled projects for the yard- particularly birds- is something I just can’t stop doing! But this one is different- I promise. This idea came about from two unrelated thought paths in my head: (1) What could I repurpose to create a holder for nesting material?, and (2) When will I finally be creative with a old, rusty bed spring?

vintage bed mattress spring to be repurposed /

Hmmm, what can I do with these?

And that’s when the idea started…sure, I could have repurposed an old suet cage as a holder, but that’s been done before and I like to be different! So here we are…with a rusty bed spring and some simmering creativity…

Jon and I have several bird houses in our yard…but only one house is super popular. We’ve had baby wrens…

Bany wrens in bird house /


And baby chickadees…

Baby chickadees in birdhouse /

Mama doesn’t care for the paparazzi…

I’ve emptied out the remains of the last nest and am hopeful this spring will bring new babies! But this year, I’m hoping to help out the feathered parents-to-be by providing fun, fresh nesting material. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing a Bed Spring

Before I started constructing my “cage”, I gathered my stuffing- most of which would be this stuff: Audubon-approved natural nesting material.

Natural nesting material for birds /

Soft and fluffy!

So cool, right? It’s fluffy goodness from some yet-to-be-identified seed pod. But I wanted to add some other materials to my cage, as well…so I gathered a few additional natural elements: dried grass from the yard and Cottonball fur.


You read that right- Cottonball fur. As long as you don’t treat your pets for fleas/ticks, pet fur is highly recommended as nesting material for song birds!

Now, to turn my bed spring into a cage of sorts, I just needed to do a couple of things using some low-gauge jewelry wire (I chose to use a matching bronze wire). First, I added two pieces of wire along opposite sides of my bed spring, simply wrapping the ends around the spring.

DIY nesting material holder for birds /

Making it more cage-like…

Then, I started layering everything in- Audubon nesting material, 3”-5” strands of various strings, Cottonball fur, and stems of grass.

DIY nesting material holder for yard birds /

Building and stuffing…

I packed it in, but not overly tight- I want the little birds to be able to tug stuff out! It looks a little weird, I know-but kind of nifty at the same time.

Repurposed bed spring as a DIY nesting material holder cage to hang in yard for birds /

Weird, abstract, native-style art? Or DIY nesting material holder??

To finish it off, I added a strap of wire across the top (it disappeared into the fluff! But it’s there- I promise!) and then created a hanging handle with an additional piece of wire.

Upcycled vintage bed mattress spring as a nesting material holder /

Ready to hang out in the yard!

The Big Reveal (Outside!)

Then, I hung it in our tree! My neighbors probably think I’m just a strange, strange person.

DIY nesting material holder from a repurposed vintage spring /

Ta-da! Ready for all my feathered friends.

I’m so excited to see if I catch any birds using it!


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  1. Great use of old strings! My kids love doing projects like this and we have old springs in the garage! Thanks for the idea!

  2. Okay, this is just too cute–love it!

  3. Love seeing the baby birds. So sweet. I remember when I was a kid I would hang bits of yarn out on the little tree in the backyard for the birds.

  4. Mind blown. And you are right… totally original! It’s so fluffy, I want to pet it! haha

    Seriously… you amaze me. I love this and want to make one!

    • Haha, thanks, Donna!! You know me, I always gotta be a little “out there” with my projects- and you’re right, it’s fluffy enough to pet! 😉 Can’t wait to poke through all of the #DIYMySpring projects!

  5. That’s a lovely idea, Sarah! One-stop nesting material shopping for the birdies. They will be happy customers. 🙂

  6. I just saw a bunch of springs at an antique store. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks!

  7. Super cute idea, and I’m sure the birdies appreciate it.

  8. Sarah, this is such a cute idea! Mom (my mom-in-law) loves loves LOVES her birds. So I definitely will be making one for her. Oh she is going to be so pleased when she sees it!!

  9. I want some of that nesting material now for some decor! lol. It has a great look to it! Love your bird nest!

  10. What a cute idea! How neat!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. What a sweet and helpful idea! My aunt places pieces of string and twine on her porch railing for the birds. I’ll have to show her this idea.

  12. Love this idea for our feathered friends- and how cute are those chickadees? great info- I had no idea pet hair could be a good source – we have 4 rescue cats so we have plenty of that- not sure if cat fur would put them off though lol
    Visiting from the DIY Spring hop – such fun!

  13. This is so great!!! What a wonderful post. My nine year old son and I LOVE this!! 😉

  14. This is too cute! Just kicking myself for bypassing a rusty mattress (metal part only). Shoulda clipped some of those springs….

  15. I love this. Such a heart warming project! I am putting out cat hair at random but I’m going to try this construction!

    I am putting together a sort of spring arts and crafts compilation blog post, with pictures of creative projects for Easter. Would you mind if I shared one of your pictures? I will of course credit it with a link to this post. I did the same thing last year if you would like a reference on how it might look:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  16. I love this idea, and the spring is perfect for this. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  17. How sweet…love those pictures of those birds. Just amazing! Great idea to provide nesting material…

  18. Well that is just brilliant! Such a clever idea and I think it looks fab.

  19. Sarah, my mom has always collected dust balls and nesting materials for the birds. She puts them out in an old sack kind of like the ones that vegetables come in. It looks ugly outside – she needs a bedspring! I think this is brilliant. 🙂

  20. What a great idea! My son attended a super environmentally conscious elementary school years ago and this would have been a perfect project for school children. It’s just wonderful. I saw your link at Diana’s Adirondack Girl at Heart/Vintage Charm party.

  21. Fantastic idea for the birds! So clever! Now how do I get a bedspring, lol! Do you suppose I’d miss it if I took out one of mine??

    Thanks so much for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next time!


  22. Awesome idea! I can’t believe this was made from bed springs – and I bet the birds are really appreciating it about now!

  23. Your feathered friends must adore you! I am so inspired by your creativity and so happy that you bring it to Celebrate Your Story link party. Thank you!

  24. As a bird lover I think this is a fantastic idea! You post was truly a joy to read and I hope that you will continue adding your ray of sunshine every week on Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

  25. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    What an original idea Sarah. But that doesn’t surprise me, you always come up with original and unique ideas. Thanks for the insipiration and happy Spring to you. Visiting as a fellow blog hopper.

  26. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  27. Amanda Kolb says:

    Very cute! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  28. Sarah I love this idea. It is one of your best to date. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm. sb

  29. Sarah, This is such a great project for our feathered friends! Thanks for sharing your posts with us this week at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  30. This is amazing! I love how you created something so unique and needed from the old springs. The birds are loving you. Thanks so much for sharing this at our link party, DI&DI on Sundays.

  31. What a cute idea!

  32. What a neat idea! Everyone thinks of feeding the birds during winter, but I bet this is something that often gets overlooked. Thanks for sharing on the Family Joy link up.

  33. Here you go again! You never cease to amaze me with your re-purposing skills! Great job! Thanks, as always for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  34. homeschoolingsc says:

    Hahaha…your neighbors think you’re weird! I think you’re brilliant. I love this!

  35. You’re so thoughtful and I bet your feathered friends will be ecstatic!

  36. So sweet! This is perfect for baby birds

  37. TERESA M PENN says:

    I LOVE this idea! I picked up an old spring (a car part I think) about a year ago…not knowing what to do with it at the time-but I knew I had to keep it for something. Thanks to you, I now know it’s use. Also, when I clean out my hair brush I toss the old hair in the yard for the birds to use. I plan to make the coffee cup suet feeders too.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yay!!! Your birds will be so happy! Just make sure that the hair from your brush is clean (i.e., no hair products used). Since I use a volumizer spray, I can’t use hair from my brush- thankfully, though, we have a long-haired cat that isn’t treated for fleas/ticks since he is 100% indoors. If only he knew the birds he loves to watch were nesting in his fur…!


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