How to Build a Bird Feeder
How to make a feeding station for feathered friends, with instructions for parents and kids
Age Range: 5 and up
If you want hours of quiet entertainment, build yourself a bird feeder, fill it with seeds, then watch the feathery fliers swarm. Hang it outside your kitchen or living room window, and enjoy your chirping friends all year long. Especially as the cold months approach, your backyard visitors will be happy to have the free buffer. It's a great way to learn about birds too. A field guide of your region's avian species will help you figure out who's coming to lunch (try The Sibley Guide to Birds). Before you know it, you'll be putting names to the faces of your new friends.
The bird feeder shown here looks store-bought but was made with materials from the home center and grocery store. The copper top is a cap for a 44 deck post, and the clear body is made from a plastic soda bottle. The rest of the feeder was cut from a single cedar board, and it all comes together with tools you probably have hanging around your garage.
Download templates for the wood parts for this project.