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