One of my favorite childhood memories is of the time spent watching and feeding birds with my grandparents. My grandfather loved to wake up with the sun and fill all the bird feeders on their property. While my grandmother and I preferred to sit on the porch and watch all the birds that would come visit the feeders. It really was amazing to see all the types of birds that would stop by, many being colorful birds that I wouldn’t normally see. There’s just something so relaxing sitting in a comfy rocking chair watching birds enjoy a little snack.
As a nod to my childhood and my love of watching little birds flutter around, I decided to create my own bird feeder. This project is a fun activity for the entire family, and it may even start a new family activity—bird watching!
To make your own bowl bird feeder you will need:
- Shallow melamine bowl
- Thin outdoor rope, cut into 4, 4’ pieces
- Drill with 1/8” drill bit
- Use a drill to create a hole in each corner of the bowl about 1/2” from the top. If your bowl is round, only drill 3 equally spaced holes.
- Once all holes are drilled, thread a piece of rope through one hole. Find the center of the string and tie a knot close to the edge of the bowl. Repeat this step with the other holes.
- Gather all the ends of the string and tie a knot. Make sure the bowl is level before you tie the knot otherwise the birdseed might spill out.
- Find a branch to hang your bird feeder and tie the ends around the branch. You can also use a large S-shaped hook to hang the feeder and make it easy to remove.
- Fill your feeder with birdseed. You can use a store bought-wild birdseed mix or you can make your own using our simple recipe for DIY birdseed. You’ll just need a few ingredients that you can find at your local bulk food store.