Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Made From a 10 Gallon Aquarium!!

Chris notap
by Chris notap
3 Materials
1 Day
I was eye balling a used 10 gallon aquarium while in my local thrift store and I immediately had a vision on how to make a cool looking and functional squirrel proof bird feeder. I spent the $10 for the tank and grabbed some used copper pipe and some wood and started building. Have a look at the results and the birds it attracts and get going on building your own!!

I got a 10 galleon aquarium from the thrift store and a 1.5" copper pipe

I decided to use my saw to cut the copper pipe. Things were going well but then the saw went ka-bang!
So I borrowed my friend's pipe cutter instead

Worked much better.

Allow for a minimum of 24 hours to dry after gluing together

Use 2 boards of wood to make the roof for the feeder

Then attach the rest of the structure

Put together the pieces of the base

Use particle board screws to hand the cut up pipe structure on to the feeder

Fill it up with food and watch the birds come in and out easily but No squirrels!!

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  • Millies_mom47 Millies_mom47 on Mar 28, 2018

    So you'd have to take the front panel off to clean out the bird poop right? So if you put the roof on and had it hang over the front a bit wouldn't it keep out the rain when it's coming down at the wrong angle therefore keeping the seed dry?

  • Karen Puddin Merrill Karen Puddin Merrill on Apr 01, 2018

    Love this idea. I have old aquarium stashed in garage. Now who will I get to help this old woman put it together?

  • Monalisa Harris Monalisa Harris on Mar 23, 2019

    Could I use PVC pipe instead of copper

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  • Margaret Rawlins Margaret Rawlins on Apr 16, 2018

    Girls girls are pretty skinny I didn't see any trying to get in. But I did feel sorry for some big birds that couldn't get in. A suggestion though when they get in they're going to poop on the food. I think you should Elevate the food so they have room enough to stand around the edges while they eat so the poop drops lower than the food tray. Then when you take off the front you can just spray the poop out from the bottom. Nice job looks good

  • Kara Kara on May 27, 2018

    Great idea! Enjoyed the birds in how they eat and were able to maneuver to get inside, even the pigeon....awesome!