Sunday, January 20, 2013

DIY Winter Wreath Bird-Feeder

I'm preparing a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I'm a member of on making bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items. Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers (and native insects)... Here's my hand-out for my "bird" talk I give:  Creating a Bird Garden

A couple of Tufted Titmice ♥
But - this class is all about creating bird-feeders and I've been trying a few DIY feeders I've found over the Internet. This feeder I especially like because it's cheap ($3.50) and it provides a variety of food sources: birdseed, suet and natural seeds/berries. Here's the link to the original: Winter Wreath Bird Feeder


  • Grapevine wreath - $2.50 (Wal-Mart)
  • Splatter guard - $1.00 (Dollar Store)
  • Jute (minimal cost)
  • Suet (minimal cost - made my own)
  • Cuttings from trees and shrubs; pine-cone (free)


Cut three pieces of jute about 50" in length. Divide the splatter guard into thirds. Make three small holes through the screen and connect the splatter guard to the wreath with the jute (the screen will hold birdseed in the finished feeder). I did end up spray painting the edge of the splatter guard brown because the shiny silver was annoyingly obvious. 

Bring the three strings up and tie into a loop. Braid the remaining string and tie another loop (which will hold the pine-cone).

Tuck cuttings from native trees and shrubs into the wreath. I used American holly, winterberry, chokecherry, and red cedar. The cuttings can change with the season: native grasses, seed-heads from wildflowers, sunflowers, etc...

Hang a suet coated pine-cone in the center of the feeder - hang the feeder - watch the action!

Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse - Male Downy Woodpecker

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  1. Awesome!!!! I have bookmarked this idea and will make one as soon as I can get to walmart and the dollar store. You said you made your own suet? Got a recipe?
    Love all the bird action here, and great bird photos.

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot this weekend. Have a glorious week ahead.

    1. 2c oatmeal 2c yellow corn meal plain, 1c all purp. flour, 1/2 c sugar, 1c peanutbutter, 1c lard
      Process in food processor till well blended n firm like putty. I roll it into logs n push into a log feeder. All the birds love it

  2. PS...would you mind if I shared this link on Next Week's Bird D'Pot mem blog?

    1. Wouldn't mind at all :) And I'll post the suet recipe next week!

  3. Love this festive feeder! So do the birds!

  4. great pictures
    Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  5. I love the way this feeder is decorated... it is truly living art when your friends come to enjoy what you have provided for them.

  6. Handsome bird feeder. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  7. What an awesome idea! Love it. Will have to try this myself. Thanks! Visiting from WBW.

  8. Love the feeder, great idea! Wonderful shots of the birds!


  10. I love these wreath bird feeders. I used to give people door wreaths made of bird seed for Christmas but I bought them and I like this style better.

  11. Great ideas there for feeders and I'm sure the birds love them.

  12. Birdfeeders for wildbirds are not common here in the country, but we have pet birds inside small cages, though I don't like it as i pity caged birds. Maybe i should try having bird feeders in our property in the province.

  13. Interesting!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  14. What a wonderful feeder! I'm sop glad to come here via Nature Notes. Beautiful blog! I'd love to visit often.

  15. Wonderful and creative idea for a bird feeder.
    No squirrel or raccoon nearby to visit your master piece?
    - Cheers Gisela.

  16. Oh I love this bird feeder and so creative! Very economical as well ~ Great post!

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ on Blogger ^_^

  17. hi. i'm following the "down home" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.


    new follower bev

  18. What a great feeder! Not only does it supply food for hungry birds, but it is beautiful to look at as well. Fantastic!

  19. What a neat idea for a feeder. Your guests seem to approve!

  20. What a great idea, really creative and useful too. It looks lovely as well as those sweet birds~

  21. Oh thank you for sharing the to do for this wonderful bird feeder. Birds all over will love it!

  22. I love these and it is such a fun project to do with children to get them interested in birds. It really is beautiful and the idea of repurposing is so important too. I need to think about one I can make but still use with the squirrels and raccoons we have here. Really perfect post for Nature Notes..thank you so much... Michelle

  23. I was looking around all the info available here and it is really wonderful. I still have spicebush swallowtail pupa in the garage from last fall that is overwintering. I need to get it really outside, but need to keep it safe from being eaten. First one I have had of this species.. Michelle

  24. Very creative - as well as natural and economical !

    As for chickens - we had some for quite a few years. Not to mention a beautiful rooster who did yard patrol duty. Then our 'chicken sitter' went off to college and we decided to spend winters in the warm south. Kinda miss the sounds in the yard, not to mention fresh eggs every day.

    Lovely blog - I poked around a bit.

  25. This is awesome! I'd like to make one. I came over from I'd Rather be Birdin"

  26. You really got some nice birds to visit that birdfeeder.

  27. Truly gorgeous, and so simple... can't wait to make one (or two or three...) :)

    Also your photography is AMAZING! O_O

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