DIY Basic Clay Pot and Saucer Bird Feeder


The other day my good neighbor and friend walked by my house and stopped to ask me if I could build her a 'simple bird feeder'. I said sure I could- since I have already built her bird houses and a potting bench for her yard and garden. She added that she searched the stores and all she could find was 'cheap plastic ones'. I told her to give a me a few days and I will come up with something...
and so that
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simple and basic. It is heavy so be sure to hang from a strong bracket
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6" clay pot and saucer & 9/10" clay saucer
garden ideas clay pot bird feeder, crafts, gardening
Home Depot had this Rigid diamond bit hole saw for $15! What a steal and this will go through tile, slate, glass, clay pots, etc so I have many more projects to come up with! The smaller masonry bit is slightly larger than the eye bolt.
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Need to find center.
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Drill center in both saucers and 3 drain holes in the large saucer for drainage. I used the 1/2" hole saw for making 3 holes in the bottom of the clay pot for the bird seed to come out. Keep the pots wet and dripping water while you are drilling. Go slow!
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I cut the wire about 18" and then twist tightly
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Twist it tight
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Then slide the wire through the 6" saucer for the lid
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Be sure to twist tightly on the S hook and then take the pliers to pinch the end together to keep the wire in the hook
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I put about 1/2" of water in the saucers and drilled the holes. Water is used to cool the drill bit down. If you hold the saucer just right the water stays in the saucer
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fill with bird seed
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  • Ruth
    on Feb 27, 2017

    What did you use to drill the holes in the pot that allows the seed to spill out into the saucer?

    • Tom
      5 hours ago

      I use diamond hole saw and masonry bits. Just make sure you drill slow and use water to cool bit and saw.

  • Elle
    on Dec 6, 2018

    do you have a picture showing how the washers are used and also how the pot is attached to the bottom saucer? This is a great idea, thanks so much for sharing. I have a squirrel that keeps chewing up my plastic feeders.

  • Paulette krikken
    6 hours ago

    why does my elvira plants gets brown tips


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