Free DIY homemade wine bottle bird feeder plans. Create an inexpensive, contemporary, tray or platform bird feeder for your backyard using a recycled glass bottle. Whether it is winter, spring, or fall, there are likely to be some hungry birds in your neighborhood! Find more ideas on bird feeders plans and DIY bird feeders.
This platform style feeder invites birds to fly in, while still giving you a great view of the birds. Making a bird feeder can be a fun activity to do with your kids and family. This homemade DIY bird feeder will attract chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, house finches, goldfinches, and bluebirds to your yard or garden.
Materials Needed to Build this Homemade Bird Feeder.
- Wood (cedar or pine would make great choices).
- Recycled glass wine bottle (750 ml).
- Wire screen mesh for drainage (optional).
Step 1. Cut pieces of wood for your bird feeder.
Cut pieces of wood to match the dimensions below. Pieces A, B, C, D, G, H, I, and J are cut from 3/4″ lumber. Piece “F” is cut from 1.5″ thick lumber. Piece “E” is made using 3/8″ and 1″ wooden dowels. Personally, I am using cedar. Optionally sand all pieces smooth.
Step 2: Start to Assemble Your Wine Bottle Bird Feeder.
Use a combination of glue and screws to attach the pieces together. Wait to install Pieces “F” and G”.
To help extend the life of your bird feeder use a waterproof wood glue. Personally, I recommend using trim screws as shown below. The smaller screw head is less obvious and helps prevent the wood from splitting. If you pre-drill the holes, these screws will countersink themselves nicely because the head is not much larger than the pilot hole.
Step 3: Examine your wine bottle.
The shapes and dimensions of wine bottles vary slightly from one bottle to the next. Wine bottles 750-milliliters typically measure 3 to 3.2 inches in diameter and are about 12 inches tall. The exact size and placement of pieces “F” and “G” will need to vary slightly depending upon your wine bottle. When dispensing seed, the top of the wine bottle should be approximately 1/2″ to 1″ above the base.
Step 4. Provide Adequate Water Drainage.
To help keep the seed dry, provide adequate water drainage. Possible options could include drilling small holes in Piece “H” for drainage or installing a wire mesh floor (such as a window screen). A scissors or metal snips can easy cut the wire mesh to match the size of your bird feeder. If possible, I would recommend using stainless steel wire mesh for the floor. Regardless either holes or a wire mesh screen on the bottom will help provide excellent drainage. This will keep the seed dry and fresh even after a heavy rain.
Step 5. Paint or finish the wood on your bird feeder.
Optionally, paint or finish the wood. In my case, I applied a linseed-oil. This finish helps accentuate the grain and makes the wood more resistant to damage.
Step 6. Hang or Mount Your Wine Bottle Bird Feeder.
Mount your bird feeder and see which birds will visit your home. Your new bird feeder should provide you excitement for many seasons to come.
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