DIY Projects for Backyard Birds

DIY Projects for Backyard Birds

If you build it, they will come: true for baseball movies and true for backyard birds! Because if you have feeders, houses, and water sources, birds will definitely make their way to your yard. Here are a few DIY ideas to get you started.

Suet Feeder for Backyard Birds

diy suet feeder for backyard birds

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Feeding your backyard birds in the winter is as easy as a suet feeder. And this version is made in a thrifted coffee mug, but you could also just pop a suet cake in a cage feeder, as well.

Easy-to-Clean Hanging Bird Bath

hanging bird bath

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Bird baths are a wonderful thing…until you have to clean them. But this one, made from a casserole dish lid, is shallow and SO easy to disinfect to keep the birds happy and healthy. (Adding a few pebbles to the middle of it helps smaller birds keep their footing, too.)

Log Cabin Birdhouse

birdhouse that looks like a cabin

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Some birdhouse-using birds (like bluebirds) are quite picky about their nesting boxes. But others (like wrens and chickadees) are less so. The most important aspect of their birdhouse requirements is a small entrance hole (1⅛”) that keeps potential predators out.

Platform Feeder

platform feeder for backyard birds

Photo source: House of Hawthornes.

A DIY platform feeder like this looks as pretty as it is useful for the birds. Plus, you could offer bits of fruit on the side next to the teacup to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Candlestick Bird Bath

standing birdbath

Photo source: My Repurposed Life.

Standing birdbaths are always attractive to birds, so long as the water isn’t too deep. And this DIY bath uses an extra tall candlestick as its stable, sturdy pedestal base.

Funky Birdhouse

wren birdhouse from a wooden tissue box

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

For a funkier look that repurposes something we all have in our garages, this DIY wren house uses an old license plate as a roof. Such a fun decorative element for your yard AND it’s handy for your backyard birds, too.

Window Deterrents

window deterrents for birds

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

While this may not look like the typical DIY bird project, I assure you it is. These window deterrents look pretty hanging in your largest picture windows, but they also alter the reflection that can cause collisions between songbirds and clean glass windows.

Stacked Bowl Bath

bird bath from stacks of bowls

Photo source: House of Hawthornes.

A stack of thrifted bowls from the thrift store or your own kitchen is an artsy way to create a decorative totem for a shallow bird bath like this. Garden decor and a watering source for your backyard birds, all in one DIY project.

Teacup Feeder

teacup bird feeder

Photo source: Petticoat Junktion.

Not sure what to do with Grandma’s collection of teacups and saucers? Build a stacked bird feeder like this for a fresh new way to use them!

Nesting Material Holder

safe nesting material for birds

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Contrary to popular belief, scraps of yarn are NOT safe for birds to use during nesting season. But there are Audubon-approved nesting materials that you can put out for your backyard birds, such as this plant fluff in an old mattress spring.

Junky Birdhouse

repairing a rustic birdhouse with barnwood

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

Luckily for use, backyard birds don’t have an HOA to answer to- so the outside of their houses can look as funky or junky as want. As long as the entrance is small and their nest is in a sturdy structure protected from weather, they’ll be as happy as can be.

Lamp Birdbath

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

Photo source: Sadie Seasongoods.

A vintage lamp from Grandma’s house or a thrift store might be exactly what you need to make a birdbath like this. It’ll be sturdy, stable, and far more visually interesting than your typical standing birdbath.

Your Backyard Birds Will Thank You!

feeders and baths for backyard birds

Photo source: Shutterstock via PicMonkey and Sadie Seasongoods.

Backyard birds aren’t too picky when it comes to sources of food, water, and shelter. But with these DIY projects, you’ll add whimsy to your yard and garden AND give your feathered friends what they desire.

Craft on!


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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.

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