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

Simply Put, No.   Purple Martin Birdhouses are What You Need

Many people are interested in Purple Martins, because they are one of

Illustration from a Purple Marting Nesting Box, or Birdhouse, showing multiple nesting areas for several familes of the bird and also shows a small photograph of the purple marting in the upper righthand corner

Example Page from Purple Martin Birdhouse Plans

the most beautiful backyard garden birds. What makes the Purple Martin so special, besides their gorgeous color, is the fact that unlike other species, purple martins live mainly in birdhouses.  They do not make their homes very often in the wild, so man-made sanctuaries are necessary for their survival.  These great birds do repay your
hospitality though.

If you want to attract birds like bluebirds or northern cardinals, suet bird feeder plans can help. The food draws them. Many people think because the Purple Martin prefers to eat insects that he will be attracted by a suet bird feeder too.  However, if you want to attract purple martins, you will need to provide housing. Purple Martins like to nest in groups, so often a series of birdhouses is the best way to keep them in
your yard.  Purple martin birdhouses often have a lot of compartments or sections – sort of like an apartment building.  This way, they can accommodate a family of martins.  What do they eat though, and how?

You can save the seed for your other backyard guests; purple martins are “obligate aerial insectivores.”  This means that they eat insects on the wing, not on the ground.  This way, they can catch wasps, grasshoppers, moths, flying ants, stinkbugs, cicadas, beetles, and other insects before they can damage your garden.  This, and the entertainment they provide as they teach their young to fly before migration, makes it well worth investing in purple martin birdhouse plans.

Some tips for your birdhouse plans: the birdhouse should be painted

Pair of Purple Martins on the balcony of their summer home in sunny south florida

Wooing His Mate In Sunny Florida

white, which purple martins prefer.  It should also have a hole that measures about 2 inches in diameter and which is located about 1 1/2 inches from the floor for the best access.

Try to include 4 to 6 rooms to start; this gives martin families room to nest, and you can increase the size of your houses after they have started moving into your yard.  Once a family moves in, they come back year after year, making for welcome guests in the spring.

Attract the Species You Want by Choosing the Design  They Like

Bird watching enthusiasts are always looking for a low cost bird feeders or birdhouses that will attract various species and meet those birds’ needs for feeding and nesting.  Many are unaware of the savings of making it

Hopper style bird feeder with a plexi-glass hopper to see the feed level and a hinged roof for easy refill of the hopper.

Hopper Bird Feeder

themselves out of scraps in their garage or workshop.  If you are hesitant to build your own bird house or bird feeder, you may want to get some free bird feeder plans to see firsthand the step-by-step construction process.  This should make you more than comfortably confident to pursue the project yourself.

Before you choose a design, ask yourself, what species of birds do I want to attract to my backyard?  Bird feeders and birdhouses are very specific as to the species of bird that will feed from or use them to nest.   In general, feeder should have a covering or roof to protect the bird seed as well as some form of landing or perching place for the bird to use while feeding.

The size of the feeder you chose will determine the size of the species of bird you attract, and so it goes the type feed your feeder will dispense will also attract only certain species.  Normally, the bird feeder plans will tell you what species of birds will be attracted, however there is a chart available here on this site that will assist you if not.

In addition to information as to the species of birds that are likely to be attracted to your finished feeder, you should receive a list of all the tools and  supplies you will need to build the feeder.   Once you have gathered all tools and materials, simply follow carefully the step-by-step instructions and before you know it, you’ll be attracting birds to your backyard.