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How to Build a Winter Bird Feeder

Published: November 16, 2009

Invite feathered friends to dine in your yard this winter with these inexpensive and easy-to-build bird feeders.

Flatbed Feeder

Illustration by Niff Nicholls

Illustration by Niff Nicholls

Materials

  • 1 4-foot long 1-by-3-inch cedar board
  • 1 12-inch square section of window screen
  • 8 1 ½-inch wood screws
  • 2 36-inch-long pieces of film twine, leather, or nylon boot ties
  • 4 ¼-inch eyebolts
  • Copper upholstery tacks

Directions:

  • Cut board into 2 12-inch and 2 9-inch sections.  Stand short pieces on end.  Lay longer piece across top.  Line up so ends are flush.  Pre-drill two holes on each end with a ⅛-inch drill bit.  Insert screws.  Repeat with the opposite end.  Attach screen to bottom with upholstery tacks.
  • Screw eyebolts into each corner of top and attach ties.

Log Feeder

Illustration by Niff Nicholls

Illustration by Niff Nicholls

Materials

  • 1 small log (7 to 21 inches long: thickness may vary from 4 inches or larger)
  • 1 ¼-inch dowel rod
  • Wood glue
  • 1 medium eyebolt

Directions:

  • Square off the ends of log.
  • Drill 1-inch diameter holes, ¾ inch deep on all 4 sides. Space holes evenly.
  • Drill ¼-inch holes beneath larger holes.
  • Cut 3-inch dowel pieces. Add wood glue to one end and insert into small holes.
  • Screw eyebolt into top and hang (using heavyguage wire) from a porch or nearby tree.
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