DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Feed your feathered friends in style with this easy-to-make bird feeder.

Upcycled DIY Bird Feeder

A stainless steel mixing bowl and pie tin from a thrift store were the perfect foundation for this cheery bird feeder. With just a few dollars worth of materials and very little time you can add some color to the yard while feeding your feathered friends.

Gather the Materials

You will need: mixing bowl / pie tin / permanent marker / drill with 3/8" drill bit / outdoor primer / spray paint / painter's tape / 12" all thread or (2) 6" all thread pieces with a coupler (found in the lighting section of the hardware store) / 4 wide washers with an opening large enough for the all thread / 4 all thread nuts / rope or twine for hanging / birdseed

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the bowl and pie tin. Mark a spot at the center of each on the inside.

Drill the Holes

Drill a hole in the very center of each using the 3/8" drill bit. Note: Place a piece of scrap wood beneath for best results.

Paint the Pieces

Place a piece of painter's tape over the holes on the inside to prevent paint from getting inside. Lay bowl and pie tin upside down on paper or a drop cloth and paint with primer/spray paint according to manufacturer's directions. Allow to dry completely before proceeding.

Assemble the Pieces

Insert the all thread through the hole inside the pie tin with just enough protruding to place a washer, then a nut.

Tighten & Secure

Add a washer and then a nut to the all thread and fasten to the inside of the pie tin. Add the coupling (if applicable). Add a nut, then a washer to the top of the all thread. Invert the bowl and feed the all thread through the hole on the inside of the bowl. Add a washer and then nut to the all thread on the outside of the bowl. Use pliers or locking pliers to tighten all nuts.

The Finishing Touches

Knot one end of a 3 or 4 foot piece of rope small enough to fit inside the all thread. Feed the rope from the bottom of the feeder to the top. Fill the feeder with birdseed and use the rope to hang it from a branch.


Use the rope to hang it from a branch. Clean your feeder about once every two weeks with a bit of dish soap and hot water.

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