How to Make a Bird Feeder

How to Make a Bird Feeder
You can attract a panoply of bird species to your yard or garden with this simple-to-make bird feeder. Using recycled tomato baskets provides an inexpensive container for bird feed. The wide mouth of the basket allows for a variety of different types of feed or treats to be used, attracting more varieties of birds. As birds discover the feeder, more and more will come.


Difficulty: Easy

How to Make a Bird Feeder

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic tomato-basket
  • String
  • Sharp scissors
  • 2 cups black oil sunflower seed
  • 1 cup millet
  • 3/4 cup cracked corn
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1/4 cup untreated grass seed
Step 1
Wash the empty tomato basket.
Step 2
Measure and cut a piece 24" long string. Tie the string to a top corner of the basket.
Step 3
Repeat step 2 with the three remaining corners of the basket .
Step 4
Mix the black oil sunflower seeds, millet, cracked corn, safflower seed, flax seed and untreated grass seed. Fill the basket. Save unused mix to refill the basket when it is empty.
Step 5
Loop the four strings around a tree branch and tie them. Use a tree branch that can easily be seen from a window.

Tips & Warnings

Add fruit, nuts or suet to the bird feeder to attract different bird species.
Keep a calender near the window and record the types of birds that visit.
Wash the basket before refilling it. This will help prevent any potential spread of disease.

Article Written By Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs graduated from Central Washington University with a BAed. She has been writing for Demand Studios and Suite 101 since 2008. Mrs. Hobbs work has also been printed in Yakima Family Times.

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