How to Upcycle an Old Tire Into a Bird Feeder

How to Upcycle an Old Tire Into a Bird Feeder

How to Upcycle an Old Tire Into a Bird Feeder

Introduction

Upcycling an old tire into a bird feeder is a fun and creative way to repurpose something that would otherwise go to waste. Tires make excellent bird feeders because of their durability and weather resistance. In this article, I will walk through the full process of transforming an old tire into an attractive and functional bird feeder.

What You’ll Need

To upcycle a tire into a bird feeder, you’ll need:

  • An old tire (car, truck, or bike tire)
  • Drill with various drill bits
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Exterior wood glue
  • Wood boards or plywood
  • Wood screws
  • Eye hooks or O-rings
  • Outdoor paint and paintbrushes
  • Bird seed

The key materials are the tire itself, wood pieces to create perches and roof, tools for cutting and drilling, and hardware for hanging.

Preparing the Tire

Before upcycling, the tire needs some prep work:

  • Clean the inside and outside of the tire with soap and water. Remove any dirt, grime, or debris.
  • Inspect the tire for damage. Make sure it has no leaks or punctures.
  • Cut off the sidewalls of the tire with a jigsaw. This will leave you with just the tire tread.
  • Sand down the cut edges to smooth them out.

Proper cleaning and trimming sets the foundation for turning the tire into a feeder.

Adding the Wood Mounting Piece

The main structure of the feeder needs a wood mounting board:

  • Cut a piece of plywood into a square or rectangle slightly smaller than the inner diameter of the tire tread.
  • Drill pilot holes in the wood piece and tire tread.
  • Apply wood glue to the back of the wood board.
  • Screw the board into place using wood screws through the pilot holes.

Attaching a wood mounting board provides a surface to attach perches and the roof.

Creating Perches Across the Tire

Now it’s time to add perches across the center:

  • Cut pieces of wood dowel, branches, or 1×2 boards into perches 6-12 inches long.
  • Drill pilot holes at evenly spaced intervals around the inside of the tire tread.
  • Apply wood glue to the ends of the perches.
  • Screw or nail the perches into the pilot holes.
  • Allow time for the glue to dry completely before continuing.

Adding perches across the width gives birds places to land and stand while feeding.

Adding a Roof

A roof finishes off the feeder:

  • Cut a half circle out of plywood using a jigsaw. Size it to overhang the edges of the tire slightly.
  • Drill pilot holes around the edge of the roof piece.
  • Apply wood glue to the top of the tire tread and wood mounting board.
  • Screw the roof into place through the pilot holes.

A simple roof offers protection from rain and snow while birds are feeding.

Hanging the Feeder

The last steps involve adding hanging hardware:

  • Screw an eye hook into the wood mounting board near the top to hang the feeder.
  • Drill 1-2 holes near the bottom for drainage.
  • Paint/stain the feeder and let dry fully.
  • Thread wire through the eye hook, hang in desired spot, and fill with bird seed.

Proper drainage holes allow rainwater to flow out, while an eye hook and wire lets you easily hang the feeder outside.

Conclusion

Upcycling an old tire into a bird feeder is a fun, easy, and eco-friendly DIY project. With simple tools, materials, and some creativity, you can give an old tire new life while also creating an attractive backyard bird habitat. The durable tire tread and woods make this feeder sturdy and weather-resistant for years of enjoyment. Soon your yard will be filled with happy birds feasting from your unique upcycled tire feeder.