Easy homemade bird feeder was put together from an old chandelier (light fixture) and a few other inexpensive items I had around the house and picked up at my local big box store.
During the spring and summer, you will find me outside spending time in one of my many flower and vegetable gardens. I love to dig in the dirt and I often share my gardening ideas or crafts here on Feeding Big and more.
I find gardening to be very zen like. I know that when I am pulling weeds, planting flowers and caring for my vegetable beds, I can drift away and clear my head. I love having beautiful flower beds in both my front and back yards.
I also enjoy inviting my feathered friends to my yard and garden. Hummingbirds are attracted to my Bee Balm and other red flowers when they are in full bloom. Cardinals, bluebirds and other birds visit my garden in the fall and winter also – they like the seeds that are left in the echinacea and black eyed susan plants.
Of course, I want to make sure that I have feeders out for the birds. I make sure to have a few of them out during the cold months especially. The most recent one I made is made with an old light fixture.
The supplies you will need to make the easy homemade bird feeder:
- Old light fixture (chandelier)
- Tub and tile sealant silicone sealant
- Spray paint (your choice of colors – use on that will be ok outside)
- Small bowls to hold seed (I used plastic condiment bowls – you could use cups or any small bowl)
- Painters tape (you may not need this if you don’t have an area you need to cover)
How to make an easy homemade bird feeder:
Gather your supplies. I lay mine out on a work mat in my craft room.
Cover any parts of the fixture you don’t want painted with the painters tape (if necessary). I had a milk glass area on my fixture that I didn’t want to paint. I wrapped it in tape to protect it from the paint. Beware – painters tape is not happy to stick on glass – you will use a lot of tape.
Spray paint the light fixture. Use short and quick bursts while painting. You don’t want to stay too long in one area and create drips. Let the light fixture dry. You might need two coats.
If you used tape, pull it off.
Put a thick coat of the tub and tile sealant not the cups/bowls, place the on the light bulb portion of the light fixture. Let them dry overnight.
Hang and enjoy.
I am sure that with a quick trip to a thrift store (or your basement) and to your local big box store, you can get all of the items that you need.
Are you a gardener? Do you love to create pieces of art for your feathered friends? I would love to hear about them. Take a minute to leave a comment.
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