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Mason Jar Bird Feeders ~

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The perfect storm! A box full of old pot lids a bunch of mason jars & a buy one get one free sale on poultry bases at the local farm store…I may have got just a little carried away making bird feeders :)
Difficulty: Easy
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Gathered my supplies...
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Screwed the jars on to the poultry feeder bases ~ the red are plastic the metal are galvanized I did end up painting a few of these no real reason I just wanted to mix things up :)
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I attached the lids using E6000 glue while this works great it smells awful! Make sure to only use in a well ventilated area!
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Drilled holes in the bases to aid with drainage ~
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Filled and ready for visitors! The small one has a water base attached I’m hoping the little birds will drink from it…
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Cheap metal shower curtain hook/rings are awesome for hanging the feeders (work great for hanging plants & solar lights as well) I bought a package of a dozen at the dollar store for you guessed it $1!
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Like I said I got a little carried away making these…
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Got a question about this project?

  • Aadelabanda52

    Great idea

  • Countrygirl56ca

    Thank You, for this Awesome Idea.
    I Love my outside birds and can never have enough feeders or waters for them.
    What is the base that you used and how was it done?

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      Thanks! The base is a poultry feeding base available at farm stores or online it screws on to a regular mason jar - easy for filling and cleaning :-)

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Bethel, MN

    Wow, I have everything but an old pot lid, but I can grab one at the thrift store I'm sure. What a fantastic idea, I never would have thought of using the chicken feeders, or that a mason jar would work with it. Brilliant!

  • Diana Wearing
    Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

    Thank you!

  • Joanie Murphy-Ronald
    Joanie Murphy-Ronald Yuba City, CA

    How much did you sell them for?

  • Countrygirl56ca

    Hi Diana
    I was referring to your pole and base that you have everything hanging on Sorry Also love the Feeder also on top of the pole
    Thank You

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      It's a 4 x 4 post set in concrete surrounded by pavers framed out with landscape timbers - helps keep the fallen seed from sprouting in the lawn :-)

  • Countrygirl56ca

    Thank You, Diana
    I enjoy your ideas and projects.

  • Sue Kiene

    I have already said I love this but I wanted to add that I love that you used a common quart jar as the main container. I am saying this because it is easy to replace. I have a hummingbird feeder that the plastic container after a few years of use

  • Cjirvin

    Just darling! Great idea!

  • Alicia Thatsme

    Hi! These are so adorable!! I too would like to know what you sell them for, or a round about figure. I'm not sure how to price these. Thank you! and keep up the VERY CUTE work :)

  • Mssmatch
    Mssmatch Florence, KY

    after checking on prices for all the supplies I found it way cheaper to buy the already made feeders....but for someone that already has lids, glue, jars, hangers and feeders this is a good idea..

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      I check out thrift stores & flea markets for my project pieces and buy my bases when they are on sale so for me these are not too expensive to make they cost around $5-$6 apiece.

  • Fredd
    Fredd Moyock, NC

    I have nine feeders in my yard today. I'm always looking for yet another feeder. Love this project. And the material will outlast pricey store bought feeders. My only question is about adding perches so the little birds have a place to sit and

  • Sue Kiene

    Thanks.

  • Penny kale
    Penny kale Catawba, NC

    This would make a great VBS craft for kids. They could paint the lid, even the jars. They would love it, and hanging in their yards and able to see something they made that is useful.

  • Susan gooding
    Susan gooding Lake City, FL

    I love these .I made mine with a pizza pan on the bottom drilled holds in it the birds love a place to sit

  • Karen
    Karen Pasadena, MD

    I have feeders.......but now we have rats. Seems there are a few empty houses in the neighborhood and well, rats. I hate that I can't feed the birds because of them......my county won't take care of them, we need to do it ourselves.

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      That’s unfortunate…we sometimes get raccoons and possums.

  • Artemis
    Artemis New Port Richey, FL

    I bought a couple of chicken feeders some time ago to make bird feeders; just waiting for inspiration. And now I have it. Love the use of canning jars and the lids. Thanks.

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      You should be able to screw a regular mason jar directly onto the poultry feeder ~ no need to use a lid ring

  • Kelly S. Bracken
    Kelly S. Bracken Torrington, WY

    BRAVO! "I could have had a V-8!" Some minor modifications & one could feed hummingbirds, bees, & other pollinators. I'll have to think & tinker.

  • Judith A. Brewer
    Judith A. Brewer Standish, ME

    Ingenious! Store bought feeders are so expensive...now I can make my own. Thanks!

  • Sandy Wimmer
    Sandy Wimmer Freedom, OK

    I tried something similar a while back. I bought the plastic feeders because they are quite a bit cheaper than the galvanized. The threads didn't hold well. I think old metal pie pans (upside down) would work equally well if you can't find the pot

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