How to build a bird table

How to build a bird table

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a platform bird feeder. I have designed this plans so you can have the best of both world: cost efficiency and a super design. This is s super simple project but the looks will pay off the time invested. If you like the singing birds, this table will keep them happy and around. You can adjust the size of the table to suit your needs.

Moreover, make sure the lumber hasn’t been treated with toxic substances that might hinder the birds. In order to lock the boards together tightly, we recommend you to add waterproof glue to the joints and to insert finishing nails. Cover the structure with a few coats of light paint, if you want to protect the components from decay and from water damage.

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  • A – 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 36″ long POST
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 16″ long BASE
  • C – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 14 1/2″ long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 16″ long TRAY
  • D – 8 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 7″ long BRACES
  • E – 2 pieces of 1×8 lumber – 9″ long, 2 pieces – 8″ long ROOF
  • 1 piece of 1×2 lumber – 6′
  • 1 piece of 2×2 lumber – 10′
  • 1 piece of 1×8 lumber – 6′
  • 1 1/2″ nails
  • 2 1/2″ screws


  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits
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How to build a bird table

How to build a bird table

Building the tray

The first step of the project is to build the tray for the bird table. Use 1×8 slats for the base and 1x2s for the trims. Use a miter saw to make 45 degree cuts at both ends of the trims. Use 1 1/2″ nails and glue to assemble everything.

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Building the base for the bird table is a straight forward process. Start by building 2 identical pieces, as shown in the diagram. Use a circular saw to make parallel cuts inside the marked area and then remove the excess with a chisel.

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Assembling the base for the bird table

Next, lock the base components together, as shown in the plans. Attach the vertical post and lock it into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square.

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Fitting the bird table to the base

Next, fit the base to the tray. Drill pilot holes through the tray and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the base. Make sure you center the base to the tray.

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Faces for the bird shelter

Build the faces for the bird table shelter from 1x8s. Use a jigsaw to make the angle cuts. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

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Fitting the roof to the bird shelter

Fit the pieces to the top of the bird shelter walls and lock them into place with 1 1/2″ nails.

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Fitting the shelter to the tray

Fit the roof to the table and lock it into place with a few nails.

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Building the braces

Use 2×2 lumber for the braces. Use a miter saw to make 45 degree cuts at both ends of the braces.

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Fitting the braces

Fit the braces to the bird table and secure them into place with screws.

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Last but not least, you should take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, check if all the components are locked into place properly and make adjustments if necessary. Smooth the exposed edges and the wooden surfaces with 120-grit sandpaper, along the wood grain.

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These free birdhouse plans include everything you need to build a birdhouse for your yard. You’ll find detailed instructions, diagrams, photos, and materials and supplies lists. Some of the plans even include videos and user tips.

Building a birdhouse is a great beginner project but more details can make it a great project for a more advanced woodworker. Even children can handle a simple birdhouse plan with a little adult assistance.

After you’ve built a birdhouse, consider building one of these DIY bird feeders.

Choosing a Free Bird House Plan

Before you choose a free DIY bird house plan you’ll want to decide where you’re going to put the finished house. This will help you decide what type (tree, hanging, pole, etc.) and size of birdhouse you should choose.

Some birdhouses are better than others for certain types of birds. Choose a plan with an entrance hole size that makes sense and is a size that allows the birds plenty of room to nest.

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The Free Bird House Plans

Here are the free birdhouse plans. You’ll find everything from simple birdhouses to more advanced homes. Be sure to click on each of the links to find instructions, diagrams, and photos.

Basic Birdhouse Plan: Here’s a free birdhouse plan that’s a great design for the beginner woodworker or those looking for a quick project.

One-Board DIY Birdhouse: This is an incredibly easy birdhouse plan that uses just one pine board to make.

Backyard Birdhouse Plan: Here’s a very cool-looking free birdhouse plan that will make your backyard birds feel like royalty.

Modern Birdhouse Plan: This modern-looking birdhouse uses only half a cedar fence picket to create.

Hanging DIY Birdhouse Plan: This pine birdhouse hangs from a chain that you can hang from a tree or structure.

Modern Birdhouse: Make an A-frame modern birdhouse that embraces the coastal style of natural birch and white painted wood.

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How to Build a Birdhouse: With just one plank you can build this stylish birdhouse that will last for years to come.

Red Church Bird House Plan: This plan will build you a bright red church for your birds.

Pole Birdhouse Plan: Use this free plan to build a simple birdhouse atop a pole that you can put into the ground.

Bird’s Nesting Box: Here’s a plan for a nesting box that will keep your backyard birds cozy all winter.

Nesting Box Free Plan: Here’s a beginner birdhouse plan that encourages you to change the plan as needed for your space.

License Plate Birdhouse: Most of this birdhouse is built with wood, but a metal license plate makes up the roof.

Simple Bird House Plan: This plan will get you a very simple and straightforward birdhouse that can be nailed to a tree or post.

Green Roof Bird House Plan: Wrens and chickadees will especially love this birdhouse that you can grow plants and flowers on top of

DIY Bluebird House: This birdhouse plan features a great design that can be put together in an afternoon.

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DIY Birdhouse with a Pretty Penny Roof: This is a no-build project where you take an existing birdhouse and add some paint to a pretty penny roof.

Teacup Bird House: No, this isn’t a birdhouse made out of a teacup, it’s a wooden birdhouse in the shape of a teacup.

Whimsical Birdhouse Plan: You really have to check out this free birdhouse plan, it’s truly a piece of functional art.

The Tall Texan Birdhouse Plan: This Tall Texan birdhouse plan will be sure to attract a lot of birds this spring.

DIY Birdhouse Plan: Here’s a plan for a straightforward birdhouse that will give the birds protection and allow them to sit outside.

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Old Clock Birdhouse: This DIY project proves that you can make a birdhouse out of just about anything! These instructions show you how to purchase an old clock and turn it into a new home for the birds.

Bluebird Bird Houses: Your bluebirds will love these simple birdhouses that are nailed to trees.

Log Cabin Bird Houses: Make your birds this log cabin style home and they’ll want to stay forever.

Modern Birdhouse: Not all birdhouses have to be boring, and this modern one will make you smile.

Bluebird House: Here’s another plan for a DIY birdhouse, this one is a great classic style that would look great in any yard.

DIY SImple Birdhouse: This is a basic plan for a simple DIY birdhouse. This would be a great one for the kids to help out with.

Rustic Birdhouse: This is more of a makeover project for a birdhouse instead of a building one. An existing birdhouse is taken and made over with twigs and moss to give it a lovely rustic look.

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Looking for your next project? I have a ton of free DIY plans including free plans to help you build a picnic table, shed, treehouse, chicken coop, jewelry box, and much more.

A simple bird table is a flat board mounted on a post or fastened to a wall using brackets. The birds are not fussy and their requirements are very simple. Ideally the bird table should be approximately 1.5m (5ft) from the ground, not too far from cover but out of jumping range from cats and grey squirrels.

Start by cutting a piece of wood to the size you want the bird table to be. Always protect the wood with a timber care product. These products shield the wood from the damaging effects of ultra-violet light and are also available with an algaecides to prevent the growth of green algae. Make sure the product is safe for children and pets when dry.
Place a moulding along the back edge of the table and mark the moulding in line with both sides of the table.
Use a mitre box to cut the end of the moulding at 45° this gives a professional looking finish to the job.
Mitre the other end of the moulding at 45° but this time make sure the mitre is in the opposite direction.
Using the remainder of the moulding line the mitres up and mark where the front of the table finishes. Repeat for the other side then cut the mouldings to length using a straight cut.
Clean any rough edges of the moulding with sand paper and seal with a wood protector.
Line the moulding up with the edge of the table and fasten using panel pins.
The front moulding is made smaller than the width of the table to allow for cleaning. Cut the moulding using straight cuts and fasten with panel pins.
Decide on the height and position of the table and mark the position of the bracket holes. If you position the bracket carefully you may be able to line the holes in the bracket with the mortar lines between the bricks.
Fasten the first bracket then using a spirit level or mortar lines, mark and fasten the second bracket. Make sure the brackets are not wider than the table.
Secure the table to the brackets using screws, measure the length of the screws to make sure they will not protrude through the top of the table.
Screw some little hooks into the sides of the table for additional hanging treats, sit back and watch some feathered friends come into your garden.

Its alright on a sunny day, but what about our good old British weather!

Would you like to eat your meals outside in the rain?

Measure and cut 4 lengths of wood for the roof supports, two lengths approx. 300 mm long and two lengths approx. 250 mm long. This will give us a slight fall for the rain to run off. Drill clearance holes for the screws approx. 10 mm from each end.
Cut a piece of wood the same size as the table, this will be used for the roof. Drill four pilot holes into the side of the roof approx 30mm from each corner, these will help keep the screws in line and prevent them from coming through the top or bottom of the roof.
Fasten the supports to the roof using suitable sized screws, make sure the two smaller supports go to the front.
Fasten the roof in place using suitable sized screws, it may be easier if you get someone to assist you while you fit the roof.
To stop the roof moving forward we need to fit some support bars. Place a length of wood against the back roof support and draw a line down the back edge of the wood.
Draw a line on the length of wood where the length of wood passes the bottom of the table.
Cut the wood along the markings and then using the first length as a template cut another length the same.
Drill holes through the wood supports to allow the screws to fix into the side of the table and the back roof support. Then using screws fix the supports in place.

The addition of the roof helps to keep any food dry, it also stops the larger birds like pigeons from taking all the food.

Is it my turn yet, I seem to have been waiting a long time!

A great list of bird feeder free woodworking plans and projects, many of them suitable for beginner level skills.

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This article is about how to build a bird house. Building bird houses is a fun project, especially if you show your kids how to work with several tools and how to use a regular wooden board to create something unique. On the other hand, you can build a simple and cheap bird house (around 2-5$, according to its complexity) and give it as a gift to someone special. All you need to get the job done in less than an hour is to use a 6” wide wooden board and several basic tools (a jigsaw and a drill machinery with a hole saw drill bit). Nevertheless, before buying the materials or using waste pieces, you need to draw a plan, starting with the dimensions of the wooden bird house up to its final design. From our experience, we recommend you to decide from the very beginning the design of your decorative bird house, otherwise you might not like its final shape.

Remember that you have to use a good wooden board, otherwise your bird house might not be as durable as you plan. In addition, make sure the wood is not treated with toxic substances, if you plan to install it in your backyard. On the other hand, if you want to obtain an unique design, you could reuse several old wooden boards, after you make sure they aren’t rotten. Last but not least, the boards should have the same thicknesses over the whole surface and be as straight as possible.

In order to get the job done in a professional manner, you should use several tools. First of all, you need a jigsaw or a circular saw to cut the main components of the bird house, but a handsaw would work as well, though it would take longer. Next, if you want to obtain a neat result, we recommend you to cut the round entrance using a hole saw drill bit and a drill machinery. Last but not least, you need a hammer to drive in the finishing nails, when locking the bird house together.

This DIY guide is dedicated to woodworking plans and DIY joinery designs. One this project page you will find a selection of woodwork projects you can build yourself including a wheelbarrow planter, bird table, storage chest, bedside cabinet, garden gate, chair and fitness step. Each plan is comes with easy to follow instructions and all dimensions.

Woodworking plans and DIY joinery designs for the beginner and intermediate level woodworker. We can make bespoke plans so please tell us what you want to make. Click here to email us your woodworking ideas.

All plans are supplied in pdf format so as soon as you pay you get your plan. They all come with a complete cutting list so there is no waste of timber and full instructions are supplied. Easily printable as we have put them onto A4 sized paper. The webs only one stop shop for all things woodworking. All woodworking tools can be bought below. You can also get some great help from our projects section.

Wheelbarrow Planter Woodworking Plan

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Wheel Barrow Planter

Solid wooden ornamental and decorative wheelbarrow planter. Once constructed this can actually be used as a fully functioning wheel barrow.

Ideally situated on patio areas, gardens, courtyards in pretty much anywhere you would like an eye catching and decorative floral display.

This project looks tricky but is entirely suitable for the beginner woodworker.

900 x 370 x 430mm (approx)

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Bird Table Woodworking Plan

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A great woodworking starting point for all you budding bird watchers out there why not build your own bird table. A highly attractive and focal feature in any garden, great for attracting all types birds and other wildlife.

400 x 350 x 300mm (approx)

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Storage Chest Woodworking Plan

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Add a touch of traditional charm to your home interior with this solid wood storage chest. Impress your friends by saying it’s all your own work! Intermediate level woodworking required for this one.

900 x 450 x 500mm (approx)

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Bedside Cabinet Woodworking Plan

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This one drawer, one storage space bedside cabinet will ideally suit any bedroom. Suitable sized to fit many different room dimensions this item will compliment any sleeping area. This one is also for intermediate woodworkers.

370 x 430 x 500mm (approx)

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Garden Gate Woodworking Plan

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A very traditional looking framed, ledge and brace full height garden gate will provide your garden with a multitude of benefits. Not only will it provide an authentic aesthetic look but it will also provide added security to your home. An intermediate woodworking project. Gate is 1795 x 900mm.

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Adirondack Chair Woodworking Plan

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The Adirondack chair takes it name from the North American Mountain region in which it was first created, almost one hundred years ago.

There are numerous interpretations of this style of chair but ours features a curved and contoured seating section for extra comfort in your chosen place of relaxation.

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

Fitness Step Woodworking Plan

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A fitness step is the ideal home fitness solution. The fitness step pictured to the right, once constructed, can be disassembled into two pieces for easy and conveinient storage.

610 heigh x 305 wide (approx)

ONLY £6.00 inc. VAT

All project content written and produced by Mike Edwards , founder of DIY Doctor and industry expert in building technology.

Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a DIY birdbath modeled after any of the following inspiring designs.

Branch Out

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Building a DIY birdbath like this one from The Art of Doing Stuff requires only two steps: wedging broken branches into the ground and placing a bowl, plate, or saucer on top. Take care to space the branches so that they can support the weight of a water-filled vessel.

Flying Saucer

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The base of this extraordinary DIY birdbath is an ordinary hanging planter. In the center, simply set in a terra cotta pot upside down and fill in with soil and plants. Finally, set a medium-size terra cotta saucer on top of the terra cotta pot, hang, fill with water, and wait for the birds to discover it.

A Step Up

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A simple vintage step stool can become a cheerful backyard accent, as Barb Rosen from Our Fairfield Home & Garden proved with this DIY bird bath. The project is simple to do: paint a vintage wood step ladder in a bold hue and top with an oversized terra cotta saucer or serving tray. For added stability and style, add a heavy centerpiece like a decorative rock or a fun faux planter.

Garden Party

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This tiny, whimsical homemade birdbath from Wayside Treasures is just a teacup and saucer attached to a painted wood spindle. Cleverly reusing unexpected materials certainly brings a touch of charm to the garden!

Brick by Brick

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Many homeowners have spare bricks lying around. By stacking these into a pillar, you can build a sturdy DIY birdbath base that needs only a bowl or tray on top to function as the water basin.

Lighten Up

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Blogger Natalie Wright created this quirky homemade birdbath by combining a lamp base with a bundt cake pan, then applying the “upcycled” creation with cheery coat of yellow spray paint.

Tray Chic

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The smart DIYer at Just a Girl spiced up a plain, round serving tray with a design cut from vinyl. The tray was then attached to a metal plant stand with a few dabs of construction adhesive.

Flip Your Lids

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Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find materials that can be used to make something wonderful. This grouping of homemade birdbaths, another original from Our Fairfield Home & Garden, is comprised of stacked stones and recycled galvanized trash can lids. No tools required!

Bird Shower

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Some birds, like people, prefer to shower rather than bathe. Hummingbirds are among that lot. You can make a mister for them to enjoy with a vintage chic galvanized metal tub, terra cotta saucer, solar fountain, and a few other easily obtainable supplies. Follow the full tutorial at Flower Patch Farmhouse, and get ready for hummingbird sightings.

A Natural Touch

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A trash can lid was used as a concrete form for the base of this DIY birdbath. The blogger at Curious Acorn added a personal touch with the rocks lining the rim of the bowl—her husband’s childhood tumbled rock collection.

Repurposed Lamp

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This eccentric piece of garden art was created by repurposing an old lamp and lazy Susan. After cutting the lamp cord and spray-painting the lazy Susan, Barb Camp from Second Chance to Dream married them together with constructive adhesive. It brings color and interest to this yard, even as it attracts beautiful songbirds.

Bird Bath Cage

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When a tomato cage isn’t being used to keep garden plants upright, it can make a simple yet sturdy base for a backyard bird bath, as the blogger from My Life Abundant discovered. Using wire cutters, she cut the tomato cage down to size and secured it into the ground before topping it with a terra cotta saucer, painted a bright blue. The result is a stylish bird bath that is as attractive to humans as it is to the birds.

Mosaic Magic

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Blue glass, marbles and grout come together to form a stunning mosaic on a terra cotta pot and saucer set. Although the pot looks like it has tipped over and is balancing on the lip of the plate, it has been firmly secured adhesive, allowing birds to safely bathe without risk of injury.

Homemade Bird Feeders for Feathered Friends

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If you want more birds in your yard, the first thing you need to do is attract them. There are various specialized feeders you can buy for different kinds of birds, but the cost can add up. Consider making your own feeders instead. These DIY bird feeder projects are a fun way to liven up your yard for much less than you’d spend buying a quality feeder from a store.

Make A DIY Bird Feeder! It’s Easy. Promise.

Attract Unusual Birds Using Half an Orange

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This three-ingredient bird feeder adds both an attractive design element and function to your yard. For added interest, take the other half of the orange and hang slices at varying levels to attract orioles and mockingbirds. Just be sure to discard anything that hasn’t been eaten after a week or two.

  • Half an orange
  • Macrame
  • Birdseed

Turn Birdseed Into an Ornament Feeder

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The great thing about this project is that the ornaments make inexpensive decorations and gifts. This is also a fun DIY to tackle with children. Get creative and try making different shapes and sizes. You can also use a similar technique to cover a pinecone.

  • Water
  • Flour
  • Corn syrup
  • Gelatin
  • Birdseed
  • Twine or rope

Repurpose an Empty Wine Bottle

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This DIY bird feeder is a little more involved, but it will last longer than the first two projects. Just be careful where you put it. Depending on where you place the feeder, you might attract some unwanted creatures like squirrels or rats.

  • Wine bottle
  • Pine
  • Poplar hobby board
  • Wood glue
  • Birdseed
  • Miscellaneous tools

Make Suet Cakes for Winter Song Birds

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Suet is another term for rendered fat, and it’s vital to help birds survive a long winter. This style of feeder attracts clingers like woodpeckers, but most any bird that’s hungry enough and hasn’t migrated will be attracted to this ornamental feeder come wintertime.

  • Lard
  • Birdseed
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanuts
  • Bundt pan
  • Twine

Create a Birdseed Tower Using Mesh Hardware Cloth

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This project turns out much like a typical tower feeder that you would buy in the store but for a fraction of the cost. If you have a rodent problem, this bird feeder can help because the mesh cloth prevents seed waste from falling on the ground.

  • Terracotta saucers
  • Mesh hardware cloth
  • Vinyl coated wire rope
  • Ferrule and stop set
  • Zip ties
  • Pliers, drill, and wire cutters

Reimagine Old China Pieces

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This whimsical bird feeder is one of the easier projects to make and a great way to upcycle vintage teacups that you otherwise wouldn’t use. If you don’t have any on hand, head to a local antique shop or thrift store to find one.

  • Teacup and saucer
  • Ceramic glue
  • Twine
  • Birdseed
  • Bird feeder hanger

Make This Simple Bird Feeder Using Grapevines

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This traditional style bird feeder works as a lovely piece of outdoor decor. Depending on the number of birds you have in your yard, you may need to refill it often.

  • Grapevine nest
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon or jute

Brush Up on Your Woodworking

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This DIY project looks like it could be a birdhouse, but it’s actually meant to be a feeder that is difficult for squirrels to get into.

  • Cedar board
  • Wood glue
  • Wood screws
  • Mitre saw
  • Drill
  • Rope
  • Birdseed
  • All-weather caulking

Combine a Mason Jar and Chicken Feeder

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Add a touch of farmhouse style to your yard with this mason jar and chicken feeder upgrade. The larger the mason jar, the less you’ll be outside refilling.

  • Mason Jar
  • Twine
  • Small Round Chicken Feeder
  • Birdseed