Diana Wearing
Diana Wearing
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Mason Jar Bird Feeders ~


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 :)
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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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53 questions
  • Rosalie
    on Nov 24, 2015

    Is the post a squirrel feeder

    • Diana Wearing
      on Nov 25, 2015

      @Rosalie Sometimes...the baffle on the post keeps most of the squirrels and chipmunk down but occasionally a crafty squirrel will figure out another way to get to the top :)

  • Honey Fischer
    on Feb 24, 2016

    How are they filled if the jars are glued to the base?

  • Dorothy Watson
    on Feb 25, 2016

    Do you fill them by unscrewing. The jar from the base.

  • Ellen
    on Feb 28, 2016

    How do you keep the shower curtain hooks from sliding on the pot cover handles? A breeze or the birds tip mine, and the seed spills out.

    • Bradfield08
      on Mar 8, 2016

      Tie rope, twine or a pretty ribbon onto the handle first with a loop for the hook.

  • Deb White
    on Apr 4, 2016

    Why would you drill holes in the base for drainage cause when you fill it with hummingbird food, it'll run right out? I now you meant for the ones to be used for seeds, but you'd better clarify that in your directions.

  • Barbara Myers
    on Apr 21, 2016

    Where do you get the base?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Apr 22, 2016

      @Barbara Myers - I get mine at our local farm store - they are also available online just search for poultry bases :-)

  • Janewatkins63
    on Apr 23, 2016

    Did you drill many holes or one large holes in the jar lid?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Apr 25, 2016

      I drill many holes in the base of the feeder for drainage not in the lid

    • Janewatkins63
      on Apr 28, 2016

      I thought you had to glue the jar lid into place to enable the jar to be unscrewed and taken off, therefore if the lids were on I couldn't see how it emptied.

  • Nance Freeman
    on Apr 24, 2016

    If you drill holes in the bottom of the feeder, how do you keep the bird seed from falling out of the bottom. Bird seed has really small seeds in it?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Apr 24, 2016

      The holes are really small just big enough to let water drain...we use black oil sunflower seeds to fill ours so there's no problem with the seeds falling out :-)

    • Nance Freeman
      on Apr 25, 2016

      Thanks I use wild bird seed and it has all kinds of seeds and nuts in it I do know that one is wheat. and it is very small. I will have to drill with the smallest drill bit I have.

  • Tammy
    on Apr 28, 2016

    How did you attach the pot kids to the bars ? I think these are awesome and I want to make them for my little feathered friends.

  • Lori Brown
    on May 9, 2016

    I tried that glue on mine...wouldn't hold up in our climate. ...any other glue suggestions ?

    • Mary Bailey
      on May 9, 2016

      Gorilla glue

    • Carol Bidwell Lewis
      on May 9, 2016

      Liquid nails

    • Anne Jansen
      on May 9, 2016

      E600 is not really made to withstand the outdoors. Any of these outdoor crafty projects you read about where they are using E6000, don't use it. Instead use chalk silicone caulk. It's made for outdoors, dries clear and can withstand all elements.

    • Patricia Hinshaw
      on May 15, 2016

      Try gorrila glue

    • Good Samaritan. With love.
      on Apr 25, 2018

      Use silicone, it is water proof.

    • Good Samaritan. With love.
      on Apr 25, 2018

      Two problems.If placed in the sun, the lids will get extremely hot and the birds will burn they're little feet. Also the heat will transfer from the lid to the jar and warm up the water. Birds will not be able to enjoy a drink. Solve problem by covering the lid with straw 2 or 3 layers. allow straw to overhang the lid slightly. It will stay cool, add shade and keep water fresh. straw will not allow birds to burn they're feet and it will give it a country look.

  • Lori Brown
    on May 9, 2016

    The glue didn't hold...I guess it the humidity in my area ....any other glue suggestions?

    • Caroline Hargrove
      on May 9, 2016

      @Lori Brown If you get it on where the two items touch, also must put some on both items, let it set for about 2 min, then attach them together. Weight them down so they stay snug and let set at least 24 hrs, 48 is best. E6000 should work fine anywhere. Also be sure both items are clean. If the inside of the lid is painted, perhaps if you mark where the jar will be and then scrape off the paint where it will touch, may help. Worth trying these ideas.

    • Anne Jansen
      on May 9, 2016

      E600 is not really for outdoor applucations. A much better choice is clear silicone caulk.

    • Dor6244719
      on May 31, 2016

      I fixed a broken fender on a friends car with E6000 about 4 months ago and it"s held fine. I think that clamping or weighting down the 2 items is the answer. I've never had any problems with a permanet fix using E600 whether it's on small items like jewerly or as stated above, fixing a car's fender.

    • Mary M. Prinzavalli
      on Jun 8, 2016

      Anne Jansen, Diana said the glue was E6000 not E600. And I love the feeders especially the ones with the big lids as we have squirrels in our yard and they love the seed as much as the birds. You did a great job.

    • Kay p.
      on Jun 20, 2016

      What about Gorilla glue.

    • Marilyn Barris
      on Jun 29, 2016

      Have you tried outdoor, waterproof silicone? Not sure about adhesion for something with real weight like these. Works great for a gazing ball left outside! But, I am in PA so we don't normally get high humidities for long.

  • Sil326220
    on May 9, 2016

    Where did you find so many of these lids?

    • Diana Wearing
      on May 11, 2016

      Found most at flea markets...thrift stores are also a good place to hunt for them :-)

    • Dre949785
      on May 19, 2016

      Good will

    • Sonia Morrow
      on May 20, 2016

      Good Lord, I wish we had flea markets over here in Ireland. Our equivalent is a car booter. Honestly speaking, the stuff there is cr*p.

  • Anna Falcon
    on Jun 23, 2016

    How do you fill the feeder?

  • Melody
    on Jun 25, 2016

    what are the white trimmed in red lid's... I know they are metal but what kind? I have been trying to figure this out for forever! thanks for the help!

  • Ann8527411
    on Jul 15, 2016

    Where do you purchase the E6000 glue?

  • Ann8527411
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Do you make dragon flys? If so can you please give instructions?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jul 16, 2016

      I've never made dragon flys - if I do one day I'll post the instructions :-)

    • Barbara Morgan
      on Aug 19, 2016

      I have seen them made from table legs and ceiling fan blades.

    • Ann8527411
      on Aug 19, 2016

      Thank you!!

    • Dco22451989
      on Mar 16, 2018

      I saw them on PINTEREST made from wire beaters with beads added for color. You bend the wires out for wings, handle is the body.

  • Mary
    on Jul 19, 2016

    Are these squirrel proof?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jul 21, 2016

      I’m not sure any feeders are totally squirrel proof...we hang ours on a post with a baffle to keep squirrels, raccoons & chipmunks from being able to get to them :-)

    • Mary
      on Jul 21, 2016

      Thanks, I will try baffle when I make this!

    • Beverly Webster
      on Jul 27, 2016

      I have my feeders on a tree limb not sturdy enough for a squirrel, but steady enough for the feeder. . The squirrels can't get to the feeder that way. They get the dregs on the ground.

    • Mary
      on Jul 28, 2016

      Thank you! I'm looking around my yard for a weaker limb right now. The squirrels are extremely pesky, and get all the bird seed!

  • Wendy Erdheim
    on Aug 7, 2016

    Where do I purchase the glue you use?

  • Carol in VT
    on Dec 1, 2016

    Diane, just saw these tonight and they are adorable. Thanks for such a detailed post as well as great pictures @ each step. I am curious about the lids though--how did you have such a collection of lids without having to purchase the pits in entirety? Did you buy just the lids only somewhere? Many of us have supplies of the jars, but finding a source for enamel lids....that I'm stumped on. Carol

    • Diana Wearing
      on Dec 1, 2016

      Hi Carol –Thank you! You can sometimes find the lids at antique stores, barn sales, auctions and thrift stores but the best place I’ve found is flea markets, I look for the vendors selling cast iron frying pans they usually are also selling the old lids. Good luck!

    • Andrea Graham
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Garage sales too.

  • Mary Hofstra
    on Jan 1, 2017

    Where do you buy the poultry feeder bases and how much are they? I love the look with the enameled lids! Those lids are hard to find! That's usually what we're missing! Or the handle on the top of the lid has broken off! But I'm going to look at all of our 2nd hand stores for those lids!

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jan 1, 2017

      Hi Mary! Glad you like them! I get the bases at our local farm store, Farm & Fleet (most farm supply/feed stores should stock them) the metal ones are around $3.50 each. I’m sure you can also buy them online. Flea markets, antique stores & barn sales are good places to hunt for lids – good luck!

    • Mary Hofstra
      on Jan 2, 2017

      Thanks for such a prompt reply! Again, my reason to just LOVE ❤️Hometalk! Hope you have a Blessed Year😊

  • Ginny Erickson
    on Jan 23, 2017

    How do you fill them?

    • Kenna MacDonald
      on Jan 23, 2017

      wondering the same thing ! once the e6000 is on...they are stuck for good.....and lid doesn't allow for filling from the top !

    • Andrea Graham
      on Jan 23, 2017

      The jar screws into the base of the feeder. The pot lid is glued to what is actually the bottom of the jar. It's turned upside down.

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jan 23, 2017

      The base screws on to the jar so you just flip it over and unscrew it to fill :-)

    • Ginny Erickson
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Thanks!

  • Rebeckah Finchum
    on Feb 19, 2017

    what are you drilling holes in for draning

    • Elizabeth Leight
      on Feb 19, 2017

      if it rains,you don't want water pooling in the bottom tray

    • Diana Wearing
      on Feb 19, 2017

      Drain holes help to keep the seeds from srouting & molding if they get wet

    • Cheryl
      on May 19, 2017

      I don't think the seeds are going to try out that quickly. Secondly if you drill a hole in the bottom aren't the seed going to fall through?
  • Renata
    on Mar 9, 2017

    Those are really cute but I am wondering if the birds can actually perch to eat? Since they are chicken feeders and meant to sit on the ground they are rounded. Where would birds be able to land to get the food if they are hanging ? Just had a thought..maybe drill a small hole down and to the side of each food hole and glue a stick or dowel in the drilled hole...might work. ?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Mar 9, 2017

      The little birds seem to be able to perch & eat but I do like the idea of adding something to the base to create a larger perching area…been kicking around a few ideas. If I do come up with a simple solution I’ll be sure to update the post :-)

    • Sandy Mattes Cerveny
      on Mar 29, 2017

      I make these also, I add a plastic plate to the bottom of bird feeder so they can land on that and easily get to the food. Drill drain holes in this plate also.

    • Mindy
      on Jul 6, 2017

      E6000 another pot lid to the bottom. Or a plate.
    • Karen Silva
      on Oct 14, 2017

      Since you have the drill out... a couple holes abd some dowels
  • Barbara J. McCauley
    on Apr 25, 2017

    Where do I find poultry base???I'm a city gal....thanks
    • Diana Wearing
      on Apr 25, 2017

      I'm a city girl too!
      I get them at our local Farm & Fleet store, most farm supply or feed stores should carry them and I'm sure they’re also available online :-)



    • Linda Fowler
      on May 29, 2017

      If you have a Tractor Supply they carry them
    • Mindy
      on Jul 6, 2017

      Rural King, Tractor Supply, Murray McMurray Chicken Supplies. All have online stores.
    • Audrey
      on Oct 15, 2017

      I got mine from Amazon!!
  • Lara Broon
    on Jun 22, 2017

    Any tips on how to loosen weathered metal lids from jars to refill?
    • Mindy
      on Jul 6, 2017

      Rub some Vaseline, Olive oil, or other cooking oil around the rings before you screw the lids on. Should help.
    • Sheila
      on Aug 28, 2017

      Place lid down in hot water. Wait a few minutes; then use a jar opener and unscrew lid. In the future use a lubricant when putting lid on.
  • Ter31446256
    on Oct 24, 2017

    How did you paint galvanized metal. I have tried and find it difficult to get the paint to stick. Even with primer.
    • Diana Wearing
      on Oct 24, 2017

      I think I used Rust-Oleum spray paint on them, you might want to rough up the surface with sand paper or you can cover them with liquid toilet bowl cleaner to de-gloss them. I did have someone comment that it might e safer for the birds not to paint them just in case they pecked at them and ingested paint chips, I'm not sure that would happen but better safe then sorry.


  • Linda
    on Dec 8, 2017

    Love the project, where did you find all the lids?
    • Joe D
      on Dec 12, 2017

      I have made a bunch of these for Christmas presents. I have been finding lids at Goodwills around the area. They usually have a bin of orphan lids for 99 cents a piece. Then I used gorilla glue clear to attach to jars.
  • Chr26390858
    on Jan 20, 2018

    Where did you find all those awesome lids?Great project,I bet the bird love them!
    • Diana Wearing
      on Jan 20, 2018


      Thanks! Our birds are happy

      I find the lids at flea markets, estate sales, garage sales, thrift stores etc.
      You can also sometimes find them at antique stores but they’re usually a little more expensive.


    • Suzanne Tanner
      on Jan 28, 2018






  • Mary Lomax
    on Jan 28, 2018

    How do you fill the jars with the seed?
  • Grd28178760
    on Feb 12, 2018

    Where do you find the feeders?
    • Diana Wearing
      on Feb 12, 2018


      I get the bases at our local Farm & Fleet most farm supply stores should carry them and you should also be able to find the online, they are mason jar poultry bases. Good Luck!

    • Jack James
      on Feb 14, 2018

      I found some at our local CO-OP stores and Lowe's
  • A.M
    on Feb 21, 2018

    do you use the same glue for all your outside projects?

    have you ever tried to drill into a glass wine bottle thank you

    • Diana Wearing
      on Feb 21, 2018

      I do use the E6000 glue for my crafty outside projects it seems to hold up well for me. I’ve got a couple junk flowers made with a combination of glass, metal and ceramic pieces that I leave out all year round that are still together after 4-5 years. I never have tried drilling through glass, I’ve wanted to I just haven’t tried it yet.

    • A.M
      on Feb 21, 2018

      I’m going to start gluing Metal, ceramic and glass pieces for outside art. And I‘ve tried a few types of glue. I’ll definitely try E6000 thank you
    • Robin Leclerc
      on Mar 2, 2018

      u can drill thru glass but use a titanium bit....worked great on wine bottles and sea shells


  • Joyce
    on Mar 3, 2018

    What size are the chicken feeders?

  • Joyce
    on Mar 3, 2018

    What size are the chicken feeders?

  • Dco22451989
    on Mar 16, 2018

    What size jar screws onto the poultry feeders?

  • Ann Eaves
    on Mar 30, 2018

    How do you refill them?


  • Sandra Billings
    on Apr 2, 2018

    where did you find all the different cool covers?

  • Monika
    on Apr 9, 2018

    What do you use to put the hole in the bottom of the jar Yes a drill could you clearfy this for me. I am looking for a project to do with my 7yr old grandson. Thank you so much. Moni

    • Diana Wearing
      on Apr 9, 2018

      Hi Monika - There are no holes in the jar, the lid is attached using E6000 glue and the base screws on. I do drill drainage holes in the bases with just a small drill bit. Hope that helps!

    • Monika
      on Apr 9, 2018

      Good morning Diana Thank you for your answer. I spent time trying to figure out where the glue went and came up with the lid. Thank you so much for the project. I'm sure Michael will enjoy doing it, Have a good week Mo nika

  • 9530106
    on May 4, 2018

    I have everything ready to make one of these. I love them. How does the glue hold up? I have a new tube of Loctite, so thought I would just use it, it is for outdoors.

    • Diana Wearing
      on May 5, 2018

      Yay! The glue is holding up fine, I’ve had one out for a couple of years now with no issues at all. I’ve never used Loctite on these but I’m sure it will probably work fine if it’s made for exterior use on glass & metal surfaces.


    • 9530106
      on May 5, 2018

      Yes it is for all those surfaces, so hopefully... Today the squirrel finished off what he could, and knocked over the base into the bush, thankfully not the cement. I need to get it done! Thank You!

    • Elizabeth Swanson
      on May 10, 2018

      Loctite works very well for outdoor projects

    • 9530106
      on May 10, 2018

      Yes it does. I use it all the time. I was wondering about how well the glass and metal together might be, as far as durability of staying power. Oh, and the WIND we have!!! :)

  • Lynette Flores
    on May 12, 2018

    Where do you get the bottomswith the holes from?

  • Los15904080
    on May 31, 2018

    attaching the lid do you mean the lid to the jar or the top pan lid on the top of the feeder

    • Diana Wearing
      on May 31, 2018

      I attach the pot lid with the E6000 glue, the feeder base screws on and off for filling.

  • 4bl33262627
    on Jul 12, 2018

    How do you fill them once they're empty?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jul 12, 2018

      You just flip it over unscrew the base fill it screw the base back on and you're good to go.

  • Claira Marie Depont
    on Aug 11, 2018

    Hi, very creative! What about the pan covers. Can you buy just the cover somewhere?

  • Gillian S
    on Aug 28, 2018

    How did the water base go over? Did the birds drink from it?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Aug 28, 2018

      I’d occasionally see birds on it but it’s not as popular as the seed feeder!

  • Lyn5035705
    on Aug 28, 2018

    Please can you tell me the part that houses the food what is it ? I can't recall ever seeing one? I'm in the uk. I so love your idea and would love to try my hand and have a go.million thank hun and well done. X

    • Patricia L Bigbie
      on Aug 28, 2018

      Here in the USA they are called large canning jars, or quart size jars...you would have to check a conversion chart Lyn.

      We also get large sized mustard and mayonnaise in the stores, in this size jars. Maybe do a Google search as well?

      Good luck with this!!

    • Diana Wearing
      on Aug 28, 2018

      Thanks! The jar is a regular mason (canning) jar and the screw on base is a poultry feeding base.

    • Lyn5035705
      on Aug 29, 2018

      Thanks so much guys. What was puzzling me was the poultry base. I already use the other materials. I was trying to work out what it was. Not a pie dish surely oh could it be a container to store eggs lol.lol. I didn't have a clue so guys thanks again now got to find one. God bless Lynn.

    • Judy Ann
      on Oct 22, 2018

      Mason jars

  • Donna
    on Oct 10, 2018

    How do you refill them?

  • Mary
    on Nov 12, 2018

    Where do you get the bases?

  • Margaret
    on Jan 9, 2019

    Where do you get the poultry feeders??


    • Diana Wearing
      on Jan 9, 2019

      I get the bases at our local Farm & Fleet most farm supply stores should carry them and you should also be able to find the online, they are mason jar poultry bases.

    • James
      on Mar 29, 2019

      Tractor supply

  • Cynthia
    on Mar 10, 2019

    This looks like the best idea ever! We love feeding the birds where we live.

    Q: Is E6000 glue easy to find? Cheers!

    • Diana Wearing
      on Mar 11, 2019

      Thank you!

      You can find E6000 at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Menards, hardware stores etc. (easy to find!).

    • Tut32328510
      on Mar 20, 2019

      Walmart Carries the 600 glue


    • Susan
      on May 22, 2019

      Michaels and other craft stores carry E6000.

  • Christine
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Ok..that's amazing, but how do you fill the feedeers?

    • Diana Wearing
      on Mar 30, 2019

      The base unscrews from the jar, you just flip them over to fill.

    • Vicki Harvey
      on Apr 20, 2019

      The mason jars screw into the feeder base.

    • Judy
      on May 7, 2019

      But what is the glue for?

    • Crystal Shoff Charles
      on May 7, 2019

      The glue is to put agate lid on top for decoration use also to hang. When want to fill flip upside down fill screw on bottom n your good to go !!

    • Pat
      on May 7, 2019

      I believe you would unscrew the jar from the base top or bottom.

  • Judy
    on Apr 9, 2019

    What size Mason jars will fit the poultry eeder base, regular or wide mouth?

  • Annie
    on May 23, 2019

    How did you make the post feeder? Here on the coast of BC it rains all the time. I live in a townhouse so I can't hang too much on the outside but the post in the ground would be great! I can put up the post but what about the feeder part. This is what I need to know how to make. :)

    • Diana Wearing
      on May 23, 2019

      Hi Annie - We bought that feeder we didn't build it, that style is called a hopper feeder. You might be able to find directions on how to build one online - good luck!

  • Joan Dales
    on Jul 27, 2019

    where can I get the bottoms

    • Diana Wearing
      on Jul 29, 2019

      I get them at our local farm store you can also buy them online just search for mason jar poultry feeder base.

  • Joa42840234
    4 days ago

    Where do I get the base?

    • Diana Wearing
      3 days ago

      I get mine at Farm and Fleet our local farm store, most farm stores carry them you can also buy them online.

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  • Lana Klatt
    on Jul 1, 2019

    I bought one of these at a craft fair. Thought it was so cute until I came out and found a helpless little bird trapped inside the mason jar. The holes in the poultry feeders are too large.

    • Cheryl Gyles
      Yesterday

      You may be able to attach some chicken wire, or even window screening to the underside of the holes to prevent this. If you use window screening just cut an "x" in it to access the seed.


  • Denise Lyssy
    Yesterday

    yes I want to try this project. Great idea!

    Question did you glue the lids to the jar base with hot glue or something stronger?

    • Diana Wearing
      19 hours ago

      Thank you! I used E6000 glue, you can get it at hardware stores, Wal Mart etc. it holds up well to extreme weather swings.

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