Easy DIY Bird Feeder from Recycled Plates and Cups

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Enjoy the birds from your window and make this easy DIY bird feeder from recycled plates and cups. You can find what you need at the thrift store.

Having a bird feeder is a great way to get to know the native birds and have your porch or yard become a regular place for them to dine. Enjoy the outdoors right outside your window with this DIY bird feeder you can make with items from the thrift store.

This DIY bird feeder is easy to make! Just follow our simple steps.

What You Need:

(1) Melamine Plate
(1) Melamine Bowl
(1) Eyebolt 1/4 x 2 1/2
(1) 1/4″ Coupling Nut
(1) 1/4″-20 Threading Rod
(3) 1/4″ Hex Nut
(3) 1/4″ Flat Washer
(1) Drill Gun

DIY Bird Feeder Supplies nuts and bolts

Don’t you just love a thrift store treasure hunt? You never know what you will find! A Melamine plate and bowl should be easy to find. You may want to pick up extras to make DIY bird feeders for gifts.

Here is the bowl and plate we found at our favorite Goodwill of Orange County store. You can match your bird feeder to your decor.

Easy DIY Bird Feeder from Recycled Plates and Cups

Step 1: Drill a hole in the middle of the plate and then the bowl. (Do this gently and slowly so that the drill does not crack the melamine)

Step 2: Take the eyebolt and screw into the coupling nut.

Step 3: Take the threading rod and thread a hex nut onto it until it sits a few inches from the top. Lay the flat washer on top of the bolt.

Easy DIY Bird Feeder from Recycled Plates and Cups from thrift store items

Step 4: Place the plate upside down until it sits on the washer and nut.

Step 5: Screw on the coupling nut to hold the plate in place

Step 6: On the other end of the threading rod, thread a hex nut and a flat washer.

Easy DIY Bird Feeder from old plates and cups

Step 7: Place the bowl up against the nut and washer and secure with a hex nut and flat washer on the bottom.

Easy DIY Bird Feeder from an old plate

Make sure to tighten all bolts and nuts before hanging.


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