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11 Bird Feeders and Birdhouses to Fill Your Backyard With Song This Summer

Invite your feathered friends to the family backyard picnic this weekend!

Margo Gothelf · 29 days ago

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Happiness Is Homemade

Attract some flying visitors to your backyard by making homemade bird feeders and birdhouses. Not only will these bird feeders be fun to make, they'll also inspire a whole summer of birdwatching. Choose a few to make from the list below and hang them around the yard — you never know who will stop by for a snack! 

Juice Carton Owl Bird Feeder

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Red Ted Art

Ever wonder whether owls and birds are friends? They both come from the same species — but have very different ways of living their lives! Little birds will appreciate seeing a friendly face with this owl-themed bird feeder. For this project, you'll need to head to the recycling bin to gather your supplies: You'll need a big juice carton and lots of juice caps. Fly on over to Red Ted Art to see the rest of the details. 

Pinecone Bird Feeder

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One Little Project

This time of year, there's no shortage of pinecones. Luckily, that means it will be super easy to find supplies to make these pinecone bird feeders. To turn the pinecones into bird feeders, all you have to do is cover them in peanut butter and roll them around in birdseed. When they are completely covered, add a string through the pinecone and tie a loop so you can hang it up in a tree. Pro tip: Hang them high off the ground, since you never know what other critters they may attract.

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

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The Resourceful Mama

Toilet paper rolls are like the MVP of crafting: No matter what you're looking to make, there will always be a way to incorporate a toilet paper roll. Case in point: these toilet paper roll bird feeders. The rolls couldn't be easier to make. All you have to do is cover them in something sticky — like peanut butter, vegetable shortening, or coconut oil  — and roll them through some birdseed. When they are ready to go, place them around branches and watch to see what kind of birds come to visit.

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

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Made With Happy

Give the birds in your yard or terrace a nice place to relax and refuel with this popsicle stick bird feeder. The simple bird feeder couldn't be easier to make, as all you'll need is a bunch of popsicle sticks and glue. Made With Happy keeps the feeder simple with one layer and a perch, but if you are feeling up to a challenge, add a second layer to turn your bird feeder into a bird mansion. 

Homemade Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

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Freebie Finding Mom

Birds can't enjoy sugar cookies, but they can indulge in these personalized bird feeder cookies. The individual feeders are made using cookie cutter molds, so they will take on the shape of your favorite holiday cookie. Make a whole variety of shapes and sizes and watch to see which ones they will choose. Just remember, even though these treats might look like your favorite holiday cookie, they are for the birds! 

Color-Block Bird Feeders

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Handmade Charlotte

I'm not sure that the birds will appreciate the pop of color these feeders will add to your backyard, but they will love the tasty snacks that come with it. To make these plastic tubes pop, pick out a fun design and use painter's tape to bring the geometrical design to life. When the paint is dry, add a little perch and fill it up with a mix of bird seeds. Don't worry about the food flying all over the yard either — the individual feeders are made using plastic tubes, and each one has a lid to keep everything nice and secure.

Milk Carton Birdhouse and Bird Feeder

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Happiness Is Homemade

If you were to make a list of all-time classic crafts, there's no doubt that this milk carton birdhouse would be on the list. The traditional homemade birdhouse has been helping birds find a place to call home for many generations. To bring it up to date for today's world, Happiness Is Homemade decorates the outside of the house with a tissue paper collage. Once you've got the hang of making these, create a few extra to hang up in the yard and make a whole neighborhood full of birdhouses.

Recycled Can Bird Feeder

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Momtastic

Birds are always on the go, from flying around in nature to finding supplies to make the ultimate nest. Give them a break and a little snack at the same time with this recycled can bird feeder. The upcycled craft transforms a coffee tin into a snack stand perfect for the birds. Now the birds and Mom's coffee both get an extra boost of energy from the same place! See how you can make one for yourself over on Momtastic

Cheerio Bird Feeders

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Red Ted Art

Love a bowl of Cheerios in the morning? Turns out birds do too. Give the birds a breakfast they can enjoy with these Cheerio bird feeders. To make the feeders, simply take a pliable wire and shape it any way you would like. Experiment with shapes like circles or hearts or make one giant twist to hang long from a tree. Check out Red Ted Art to get the full scoop on this bird feeder craft.

Citrus Cup Bird Feeders

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Natural Beach Living

Add a little natural air freshener to your yard with this citrus cup bird feeder. The birdseed sits inside a peeled-out citrus fruit and in turn, gives your backyard a naturally refreshing smell. Use whatever citrus fruit you have on hand — lemons, limes, or even grapefruits will do. I don't think the birds will have any preference for the fruit, they'll just appreciate the tasty snack sitting inside.

DIY Winter Bird Feeders

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Fireflies and Mud Pies

Don't forget your feathered friends when Old Man Winter blows into town! This feeder freezes birdseed right into an ice cube and makes a great seasonal treat for the birds. Hang up a feeder in the same spot in the summer and compare what type of birds show up for a snack. Bookmark this craft now and save it for the winter — the birds will truly appreciate it.