Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder

Last Updated on April 29, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

This easy DIY wooden bird feeder is made from Popsicle sticks and twine.  It is a simple upcycled craft that kids will enjoy making.  And then, the whole family can enjoy bird watching in the back yard!

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Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder Craft

Popsicle Sticks Are Great For Bird Feeders!

My children’s favorite treats during the summer are ice and yogurt pops. As a result, we end up with an awful lot of wooden sticks by the time September rolls around. In an effort to reuse as much as possible, I give the sticks a good rinse and store them in my art bag for future crafts.

Wooden ice cream stick

One project that caught my eye this month was this easy, DIY wooden bird feeder. Bird watching is a favorite hobby at my house and a great learning experience for kids to help identify bird species.

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If you too have a stockpile of wooden sticks, check out the instructions to make your own bird feeder. What creative crafts have you made using wooden sticks? Check out GoExploreNature.com for tips on birdwatching with kids.  

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Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder Materials

The most frugal way to make this upcycled craft is to save your old popsicle stickes.  But, you can also buy them new if that is easier.  Here are the other supplies you will need to make this simple bird feeder craft:

Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder Instructions

1.    Use a piece of newspaper to cover your work space to help protect your furniture and ease the clean-up. To make the base of the bird feeder, line 10-12 wooden sticks next to each other.

2.    Glue 3 wooden sticks perpendicular (about 1-inch apart) to the sticks you’ve lined up on the newspaper and let dry. This will help hold the base of the feeder together.

3.    Flip over the wooden base. Start gluing wooden sticks around the perimeter of the base, overlapping the ends of the sticks.

4.    Continue gluing the wooden sticks around the perimeter of the birdfeeder until it reaches your desired depth, or about 2-to-3-inches deep. Let glue dry.

5.    Take a 4-inch, wooden dowel and glue it to the base of the bird feeder, allowing a couple of inches to stick out the side for the birds to perch on.

6.    Along the perimeter of the feeder, thread a piece of twine under all four corners the wooden sticks and tie tightly. Combine the 4 loose ends of twine at the top of the feeder and loop into one knot.

7.    Hang the bird feeder on a tree in your backyard, fill it with seeds and watch the birds flock!

Upcycled craft bird feeder from popsicle sticks

 

More eco friendly craft ideas:

Popsicle stick crafts are fun, but so are a few of these other upcycled craft ideas! 

  • Golf Ball Lady Bug Craft:Looking for cute lady bug craft ideas?  Turn old golf balls into new garden art with a touch of paint and some googly eyes. 
  • Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board: Turn your old cookie sheet into a cookie sheet memo board.
  • DIY Business Card Holder:  I decided to upcycle and old mint tin into a DIY business card holder 

How to Make This Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder:

Teach your kids how to make bird feeder with icecream sticks.  It’s a good lesson in upcycling as well as taking care of animals!

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Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder Craft

This easy DIY wooden bird feeder is made from Popsicle sticks and twine. It is a simple upcycled craft that kids will enjoy making.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty medium
Estimated Cost $3

Materials

  • 50 wooden sticks
  • 4-inch wooden dowel
  • 4 long pieces of twine to hang the bird feeder
  • 1-2 cups bird seed

Tools

  • Newspaper
  • Glue gun

Instructions


    1. Use a piece of newspaper to cover your work space to help protect your furniture and ease the clean-up. To make the base of the bird feeder, line 10-12 wooden sticks next to each other.

    2. Glue 3 wooden sticks perpendicular (about 1-inch apart) to the sticks you’ve lined up on the newspaper and let dry. This will help hold the base of the feeder together.

    3. Flip over the wooden base. Start gluing wooden sticks around the perimeter of the base, overlapping the ends of the sticks.

    4. Continue gluing the wooden sticks around the perimeter of the birdfeeder until it reaches your desired depth, or about 2-to-3-inches deep. Let glue dry.

    5. Take a 4-inch, wooden dowel and glue it to the base of the bird feeder, allowing a couple of inches to stick out the side for the birds to perch on.

    6. Along the perimeter of the feeder, thread a piece of twine under all four corners the wooden sticks and tie tightly. Combine the 4 loose ends of twine at the top of the feeder and loop into one knot.

    7. Hang the bird feeder on a tree in your backyard, fill it with s

Notes

Make sure you let this bird feeder dry before filling with seed!

 

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