Use Wooden Bird Feeder Plans To Get the Look You Want

It has been too many years to count now, the morning I went outside looked around and said to myself, wow am I blessed.  I have a gorgeous yard with flowers, flowering trees, and beautiful oaks.  What is missing I

Three absolutely gorgeous, decorative bird feeders, with intricate exterior work

Extra Fancy WOW Bird Feeders

thought, and then I realized there were few or no birds in my yard.  It was then I went to work to change all of that when I decided that I would build my very first wooden bird feeder.  That’s just what I did right after I bought a set of bird feeder plans.

It was one of those times in my life when I wanted something ornate and decorative and nothing less would do.  While the ones above I did not make, the one I did make that season looked very much like the one on the far right.  Yes, I put my heart and soul into the outside of the house, but it was worth it.

Hi Everyone, it’s me Rose with an update for you.  Recently, I found a household woodworking project dream.

We all know that only the best of plans tell you what tools you’ll need, never mind how to use them.  At our house, we’ve had more woodworking projects than just me building bird feeders, and we are ever so glad we now have this series of 10 eBook guides entitled, “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.  Each of these 10 books sells for $4.95 apiece, but they are available now at a terrifically reduced price when you get the whole series.  The whole series is virtually only half of what you’d spend on each book separately to the set.

Together, these little woodworking bibles cover the three tools you must have, how to use those to make the guides which allow you to saw with absolute precision.  There is even a separate book which explains which kind of wood you should purchase for each type project.  These ten eBooks will give anyone the confidence to begin woodworking projects.

We’ve all been there staring at pictures or sketches on a plan sheet which contains no helpful information on how to proceed.  It’s like having your dad or your grandpa there to help you when you have this information handy on your work bench.  My grandfather was a carpenter and used to build beautiful bookcases for my grandmother, so when I saw these books, I was thrilled.  Take a peek at “How To Build Anything With Three Tools”.

On a more practical note however, regardless of how pretty your new wooden bird feeder is, in order for it to attract birds and fulfill its promise you must follow these guidelines:

Eye Appeal

There is an old saying among architects that goes something like, “it costs the same amount to build ugly, so why build ugly?”  The same goes for your bird feeders.  Make sure your new bird feeder has eye appeal for everyone including the birds.  After all, it will be looked at since bird watching is why you are building it.  Besides, it is an extension of your home.

It bears repeating that to use bona fide bird feeder plans will ensure your project ends in an attractive way regardless your woodworking skill set.  These plans are not only step-by-step instructions, but are also guides as to the tools and materials you will need.

Proper Placement

The feeder should be placed in the best possible area for the birds to come.  Take these factors into consideration when planning where you will put it.

First, the birds have to notice it and the feed and it will have to be in a location in which the birds feel safe.  There is no reason the bird feeder shouldn’t be a focal point in your yard, so proudly display your new feeder.

Sense of Security

Place the feeder well off the ground so it is well out of reach from dogs and kitty cats.  Birds are afraid of these animals and will not frequent a frightening bird feeder.

In addition, it is important to keep insects out of the bird feed, so be sure to build it in such a way that the birdseed is protected from the weather and well ventilated to keep it dry.  Remember to check your feed periodically to make sure the seed is edible and fresh.

Finally, when you are building your little masterpiece paint as much as you

Decoriative little cedar tray bird feeder with a roof

A cute little wood worker's delight of a small tray feeder with a roof and made of cedar to keep the insects away from the feed.

like on the outside, but leave the interior exposures to the birds and the feed unpainted.  Also, used untreated wood too.  These two little steps will help to ensure your birds are not harmed by any chemicals in the paint or in treated wood.

I’ve been writing on bird watching and building your own birdhouses and bird feeders from plans  for some time now and wouldn’t build without them.  The  two links which follow are a valuable resource for many of my

readers.  With just under one hundred to choose from, these two highly skilled draftsmen have put together the best collections of bird feeder plans on the market today.  In addition, for a low price they both include literally thousands of additional woodworking plans for various projects around the house.

Thanks for reading and drop me a line…..  Rose

Making Your Own Feeder From Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

 

A hopper bird feeder has seed storage built right into the design. While there are drawbacks, the big advantage is that you do not have to refill

Free red cedar hopper bird feeder plans so you can build your own bird feeder for about a quarter of what it would cost you to buy one.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

them daily.

The handy hopper is perfect for those who can’t make the trek out to the backyard every day to refill it, as well as for those who like to keep their bird friends fed during the winter months.  The seed is kept in a covered container that protects it from the elements – and from overzealous birds and squirrels.  A small amount of feed is released from a slit at the bottom of the container into a tray.  As it empties, more seed spills out thanks to gravity.

It is a very simple system but remarkably effective.

These hopper bird feeders can accommodate commercial seed mixes, millet, sunflower, and virtually any seed you (and your birds) like.  You can keep squirrels and heavy birds from gobbling up your seed by making a weighted feeder. You can modify your bird feeder plans to add an adjustable counterweight designed to close the food access ports when a squirrel tries to eat.

You typically don’t have to fill the container every day, which is perfect when you’d rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than trucking out to the yard. Birds who don’t make the first seating can still get fresh feed, and it is also a perfect solution for keeping your birds fed while you’re on vacation.

What could possibly be a downside to this great system?  In many designs,

Pictured is a red cedar hopper bird feeder with a plexi-glass hopper making it easy to see inside to know when to refill the hopper with bird seed.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder

the storage container takes up the bulk of the space, while the eating tray is reduced to a narrow ledge.  These feeders are also more expensive than

simple tray feeders. This makes sense because the design is more complex – but it doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet.

You can solve both of these problems with one solution: when you use bird feeder plans, you can make your own.  Just by using scraps of wood in your garage, you can create an efficient hopper bird feeder that has the features you want, like a wider tray beneath the storage container for more eating area, without the cost.

Everything Seems to Be Unique Including Bird Feeders

Like so many other items today, bird feeders have become more decorative and ornate.   If you’re a regular reader, you know I feel like most architects…  “it costs just as much to build ugly, as it does to build pretty.”  I say too, since it doesn’t really cost anymore to build a

Lovely small, but decorative bird feeder which looks like a gazebo for smaller birds

Beautiful Decorative Bird Feeder

decorative bird feeder when you build it yourself and  use bird feeder plans, why not have a pretty bird feeder if you want one?  It will be in your backyard, and it will be an extension of your home and as such will be a reflection of your taste.

In yesteryear, if you did want something different, you always had to build it yourself.  Now however, your choices seem unlimited in the garden shops and online.  Granted, it may cost a bit more to buy a decorative bird feeder already built, but it’s your money and your home to do with as you see fit.

Adorning your backyard with a decorative and unique bird feeder will add value to the property which is certainly reason enough to choose the bird feeder or feeders that will complement your home and your garden area.

We wholeheartedly say “go for it” and if you can’t find what you are looking for in the store or online we also would like to share the websites of two men who design plans for just about anything wood around the house.  Most importantly they have almost 100 bird feeder plans and birdhouse plans from which you can choose.  On top of that, as a bonus their package contains literally thousands of household woodworking projects that you will likely enjoy.

If you are serious about building a decorative bird feeder on your own, you definitely owe it to yourself to learn more from these two superb draftsmen and woodworkers by clicking on the links above.

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