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DIY Enamel Plate Bird Feeder

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We have a huge river bush willow in our garden that we refer to as our bird motel. Every evening as the sun goes down you can hear a cacophony of birds welcoming each other and catching up on the day’s news. I’m sure they’re sharing a beer or two in there somewhere – they can become quite rowdy at times. We love those birds, they’re responsible for eliminating tons of unwanted gogos in our garden and provide hours of entertainment. But spring and summer can be a very stressful time our feathered friends. They’re soooooo very busy making babies, defending their territories and building their nests. All that work takes a lot of energy, and to build up energy they need food. So we built them an enamel bird feeder just to say thank you.

DIY Enamel bird Feeder - what you need

DIY Enamel Bird Feeder – what you need

What you need:

  • 2 Enamel plates
  • 3 m of wire, cut into 1 m pieces
  • Metal drill bit and a Drill
  • Some beads to make purdy

Drill three holes spaced equally apart at the edge of each enamel plate. Make sure you wear goggles as enamel tends to chip off in large chunks if you’re not careful.

Drill Three holes

Cut 3 pieces of wire, you’ll need about a meter for each. Fold the wire in half and thread through each of the holes in one of your plates.

Wire and Beads

Squish the wire together and add some beads. We used twelve beads on each wire, but you can add more or less depending on how far apart you want the two enamel plates to be.

12Beads

Give the wire a twist and thread it through the holes of the second plate. Add more beads until you’re happy (we added another 22 to each wire). Twist all three wires together at the top and make a hook. That’s it, your bird feeder is ready to be hung. Add some fruit and veggies in the top plate and seeds in the bottom and wait for your feathered friends to pay a visit.

Enamel plate bird feeder with beads

Enamel plate bird feeder with beads

Put your enamel plate bird feeder in a quiet area where you can enjoy watching all your birdie friends having a feast. The feeder should be close to natural cover, which offers refuge to other birds who are waiting their turn. Try hanging the feeder where the birds can spot danger easily and reduce the risk of cats catching them unawares. (Jazz, Merlin, Joe, Cleo…………. I’m watching you)

Remember to clean your feeders at least every two weeks. Simply wash your enamel plate feeder in soapy water and rinse off in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Dry the feeder thoroughly before refilling to prevent the seeds from going mouldy.

I can’t wait to hear the birds tonight, I hope they tell all their buddies that there’s a new restaurant in town.

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Comments

  • Posted: June 22, 2016 21:31

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    What a nice bird feeder! I have been wanting more bird feeders but I am having a hard time paying the high prices. This would be easy and I could pick something up at Goodwill.
    • Posted: June 23, 2016 07:39

      acraftymix

      Thank you Linda and they're so easy to make
  • Posted: April 23, 2016 14:20

    Debi

    We love to feed the birds and critters here! I need to make a few of these for our furry and feathered friends!! Awesome idea, again, thank you!
    • Posted: April 24, 2016 06:40

      acraftymix

      Ahhhh what would a garden be without all our beautiful feathered friends. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment Debi. It always makes my day when someone shares some of their valuable time to say hi.
  • Posted: October 23, 2015 09:49

    stew

    Hmmm, I wonder how the idea came about but it's very cool. I can imagine myself enjoying my wine, changing my Canon lenses as the feathered friends catch up.
    • Posted: October 26, 2015 06:03

      acraftymix

      Oh I so wish we had the camera with us this weekend. There were so many little cut throat finches on the bird feeder, you could hardly see the plates.
  • Posted: October 23, 2015 09:18

    Anonymous

    Very Cool, Simple idea. How long did it take to make? Keep up the good work, loving this site.
    • Posted: October 23, 2015 09:33

      acraftymix

      :-) Thank you for your kind words :-) It didn't even take an hour to make. I have a very handy hubby that's super quick and very efficient.

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