Birds and Butterflies: 6 DIY Feeders

fall 10.18.15

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Bird feeders are more than just a pretty garden addition! These nice-looking pieces really do attract birds and butterflies, which will pollinate your plants and help your garden grow. As a bonus, a lush garden will boost your curb appeal, which can increase the perceived value of your home! To get all of the benefits, make one of these six DIY projects:

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  • Teacups. If you head to your local thrift store or garage sale to find a few vintage teacups, you're already halfway done with this bird feeder. This project requires no sawing or cutting!
  • Fruit rinds. Yet another reason to save your citrus peels! Fruit rinds have a number of helpful uses around the house and they also make great DIY bird feeders. The best part about this feeder: it will be a hit with your kids.
  • Mason jar. If you've got a spare mason jar, some twine and a piece of a sponge, you can make a DIY butterfly feeder! Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants with this easy project.
  • Popsicle sticks. Popsicle sticks can be reused for all sorts of things, so it's no surprise that they can also be used to create a DIY bird feeder. We love this handmade feeder from Create-Celebrate-Explore.
  • Wine bottle. For the crafters who are looking for a challenge, this wine bottle DIY feeder from The Garden-Roof Coop is right up your alley (or garden in this case). Fill your feeder with nuts, seeds and fruit.
  • Cookie Cutters. Who says cookie cutters are just for cookies? We found this adorable project by eighteen25 courtesy of Prudent Baby and think it's the perfect daytime summer craft for kids.
  • Joan Gagnon
    Joan Gagnon Anacortes, WA
    I have been using the rind feeder for over a year now. All kinds of birds will feed from it.

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