How to Make a Bird Feeder Out of Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Bird Feeder Out of Popsicle Sticks

How to Make a Bird Feeder Out of Popsicle Sticks

Making a simple bird feeder out of popsicle sticks is an easy, fun DIY project that anyone can do. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to make, but it also provides entertainment for both humans and birds alike. With just a few materials and some simple steps, you can have your very own popsicle stick bird feeder up in no time.

What You’ll Need

  • Popsicle sticks – You’ll need around 30-40 sticks depending on the size you want your feeder to be. Craft stores sell bags of popsicle sticks.
  • Hot glue gun – To assemble the popsicle sticks into the shape of the feeder.
  • Twine/string – To hang up the feeder. You’ll need about 2-3 feet.
  • Scissors – To cut the string.
  • Acrylic paint & paintbrushes (optional) – To paint and decorate the feeder.
  • Birdseed – To fill the feeder and attract birds.

Constructing the Feeder

Step 1: Arrange the Popsicle Sticks

First, decide on the shape and size you want for your popsicle stick bird feeder. A simple square or rectangular shape about 5″ x 7″ works well.

Arrange sticks into your desired shape with the textured sides facing out and the smooth sides facing in. This will help the birdseed stay inside the feeder.

Glue sticks together at the edges using hot glue. Apply a generous amount at each joint to hold sticks firmly in place.

Step 2: Add a Perch

Using a few popsicle sticks, glue a perch onto the bottom center of the feeder. This will allow a place for birds to land and grab seeds.

Make sure the perch sticks extend 3-4 inches out from the base. They should also be angled slightly upwards to provide a good grip for birds.

Step 3: Add Hanging Strings

To hang up your feeder, tie one end of the twine/string to each upper corner.

Make sure strings are long enough to easily hang from a tree branch or hook. Tie a knot and trim any excess string.

Step 4: Decorate (Optional)

If desired, use acrylic craft paint to decorate your popsicle stick feeder. Paint patterns, designs or colors on the outside sticks.

Make sure paint is completely dry before filling with seeds. You can also leave the wood plain for a natural look.

Step 5: Add Birdseed

Once glue and paint are dry, it’s time to fill the feeder with seeds! Use a variety of birdseed blends like millet, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, etc.

Spoon seeds into the feeder, filling it about 3/4 full.

Hanging and Maintaining the Feeder

Location

Look for a protected spot near trees or shrubs where birds naturally gather. Near a window works well so you can observe your feathered visitors.

Hang feeder from a tree branch, hook, stand or other secure object using the attached strings. Adjust height as needed.

Refilling

Check feeder often and refill with fresh birdseed as levels get low. Remove old seeds and wipe away any built-up debris before refilling.

Aim to refill the feeder every 1-2 weeks depending on usage.

Cleaning

Use a small brush and mild soap and water to give your feeder an occasional cleaning. This prevents harmful mold and bacteria from building up.

Take the feeder down and remove all old birdseed first. Let the feeder fully dry before rehanging.

Enjoy Watching Your Feathered Friends!

That’s all it takes to make your own functional and decorative popsicle stick bird feeder!

Now grab your binoculars and enjoy watching the bright and lively birds that stop by your handmade creation for tasty seeds. It’s sure to become a favorite spot for you and local birds!