How to Make a Bird Feeder From an Embroidery Hoop

Make this clever, upcycled bird feeder in less than an hour, then prepare for some amazing birdwatching.

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Make this clever, upcycled DIY bird feeder in less than an hour, then get ready for some amazing birdwatching.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn,

Brian Patrick Flynn,

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Materials Needed

  • 8-inch acrylic globe
  • 10-inch embroidery hoop
  • twine
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun + hot glue
  • pen
  • utility knife
  • bird seed

Remove Inner Hoop

Pull the inner embroidery hoop out and set aside. Then, back out the screw from the outer hoop and set it aside, too.

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Step 1- Remove Inner Hoop

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn,

Brian Patrick Flynn,

Determine Hoop Placement

Place the outer hoop on the globe and adjust placement so the opening is tilted slightly upward and the globe feels equally weighted on either side (Image 1). (This is important so that it hangs correctly.) Once you have it just so, mark on the glass with a pen (Image 2).

Secure With Glue

Remove the hoop and add a thin line of hot glue at the base of hoop (Image 1), then stretch it open and place it back on the bowl in the correct position (Image 2). Add glue to the top of the hoop on both sides (Image 3), then press into place, making sure to line up with the pen marks (Image 4). Allow the glue to cool, then trim away any excess with a utility knife.

Add Twine

Thread twine through the embroidery hoop’s hardware (Image 1), then tie off securely, leaving enough twine to hang (Image 2).

Add Bird Seed

Once you’ve hung the bird feeder, gently hold the bottom and place bird seed inside. Be careful not to overfill!

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Step 5- Add Bird Seed

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn,

Brian Patrick Flynn,

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