From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

A new month means it’s time for yet another project for The Good Life Blog…I’m a little behind the 8-ball, though…this one went live in June but I’m just getting it up on my own blog now! Anyway…on to the project…

When I recently attended the Country Living Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee, I squeezed in a little time to check out the local thrift stores- standard operating procedure in my world! And when I came across a bin of soup pot lids (not something I typically linger over), these two colorful ones just jumped out at me.

Metal soup pot lids at Goodwill /

Hello, bright colors!

I had seen photos of pot lid bird feeders on Pinterest before and decided on the spot that these mustard-and-ketchup lids would be perfect for an outdoor repurpose. Besides, there is ALWAYS more room in my yard for another junky project! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

After I returned from my trip, I set to work on my project. First order of business- give the lids a good sanitizing scrub (they were, admittedly, a little gross) and disassemble the knob hardware from each lid.

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Super simple to take apart…

You won’t believe how easy it is to make one of these bird feeders, I promise! But you do need a handful of easy-to-find bits from the hardware store…and you just need to bring your lids with you to make sure everything fits!

You need:

  • A threaded rod that fits through the holes of your lids;
  • A coupling nut that fits your threaded rod; and
  • An eye bolt and two matching hex nuts that fit your coupling nut/rod.
Hardware needed for repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /


Once I had everything in place, construction was easy! First, I threaded the rod through the smaller pot lid (which will become the actual feeder) and screwed on one of the original pot lid knobs on the underside (i.e., yellow side) of the lid. Then, I added one of my hex nuts to the inside of the yellow lid, and tightened everything in place.

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now, to turn these lids into a bird feeder…

Next, I screwed the other hex nut on (about an inch or two down) the top of the rod.

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ok, the platform feeder is done…

Then, I slipped the larger red pot lid on top of the rod and screwed on the coupling nut half way- and then tightened the hex nut underneath the red pot lid.

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

…and then the larger lid becomes the cover!

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Almost done…

To the top of the coupling nut, I then screwed in the eye bolt- and it was assembled! To truly secure everything in place, I went back to each piece of hardware and added a drop or two of my favorite super glue, just for insurance.

Even I’m amazed at how simple it was to put together. Oh, and one final thing- I added a carabiner through the eye bolt for ease of hanging- but a quick link would also work, as would a loop of sturdy-but-flexible wire.

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ta-da!! A platform bird feeder with a roof/cover…from thrift store pot lids.

And now it’s ready to hang! The big red lid acts as a rain umbrella, and will also keep it shaded and cool. Now I just need to add a little petroleum jelly to my shepherd’s hook to keep Mr. Squirrel from climbing it- but how thrifty-nifty is that? And oh yeah- super easy to clean, too!

Repurposing thrift store pot lids into a bird feeder by Sadie Seasongoods /

So simple, right?

Now the waiting game begins…when will my feathered friends discover it??

Craft on!


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  1. Such a lovely idea, and so easy for the birds to access.

  2. Oh my gosh, that is the cutest idea!! Who would have ever thought of something to do with pot lids…you! I love the way you think.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are honored to have you. 😉

  3. I love your colorful idea and that it’s on the cheap!

  4. Well now if that isn’t the cutest idea ever! Love this! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Wow! This is really a great idea for us bird lovers!
    Thank you for the easy, reading tutorial.

  6. Very cute and unique!

  7. Bird feeders are expensive and the lucite ones don’t hold up very well. Your idea is brilliant.

  8. Sarah, I should have known this was yours when I saw it at the Craft Frenzy Friday party – it has your name written all over it. You always come up with the most clever ideas! Pinning to share 🙂

  9. Very creative and darling; course I’m a sucker for anything bird related!! Thanks much for coming to Throwback Thursday and sharing!! 🙂


  10. Sarah, that is the cutest project. I’ll never look a pan lid again without thinking of your bird feeder. I bet they appreciate it. Great instructions, too. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Designs.

  11. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Very cool Sarah, I would have just added one on the bottom and let it go at that but you went one step further. That’s why you are the Queen! Thanks for all your sweet inspiration! Pinning and sharing.

  12. I need to make one of these bird feeders. We love taking care of the wild birds. Thanks for sharing your post at the #InspirationSpotlight party. Pinned & shared.

  13. Looks great, is easy to make and thrifty too – genius! Great tip to stop the squirrels too , thanks.

  14. How do you come up with these amazing ideas? I love this! Thanks for sharing at the DIY Party!

  15. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing on Family Joy Link-up!

  16. Wow! This is so clever and creative. A great way to keep the squirrels away too 😉

  17. I absolutely love this! I would have never thought to do this with some pot lids (and the carabiner clip is crazy smart)! Thanks for sharing your project with us at Merry Monday this week!

  18. Now that is a terrific upcycle. I love the lid idea, there are always hundreds of those and so easy to find. Great job Sadie!

    Thanks so much for joining us at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. We love seeing your posts, every week.

  19. Love your soup pot lid bird feeder. You always come up with the unique repurposes of ordinary items. Thank you for sharing your great ideas at Vintage Charm.

  20. What a clever idea! Would have never thought to use a pot lid for a bird feeder. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us at Funtastc Friday.

  21. What a cute idea! Love the bright color too. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party!

  22. You keep giving me more things to look for when I’m out thrifting and I love it! Lovely project, and once again we’re happy to have you join us again this week at Celebrate Your Story.

  23. I’m over from the Welcome Home Wed. linkup. This looks so easy, i want to try it.

  24. I have made these for years, my stepdad got the pattern out of “Birds and Blooms” many years ago. I spray paint my lids on the outside,and reinforce the pieces with some washers, but the rest is pretty much the same. The lids here run around $2.00 a piece!

  25. What a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  26. We have a large tree filled property and I love doing projects like this but I have trouble finding the threaded rods and eye bolts in those lengths – where did you find them? This is a creative idea with lids – love it! Thank so much for sharing!


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