How to make a log bird feeder

Keep woodpeckers and nuthatches happy with this homemade bird feeder

Bird sitting in a snowy tree

On your next trip outside, keep an eye out for a nice sturdy log. With a few quick drills and screws, the old tree part can become the feeding platform for garden birds.

It’s the perfect project for getting you outside using your hands, with the added value of offering support for local wildlife.

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You Will Need

  • A log
  • A drill
  • A screw in hook
  • Chain/wire
  • Birdseed
  • Suet

Step 1

Collect a log from your garden or a nearby park – the size is up to you, but make sure it’s not rotten inside.

log illustration
Step 1 – collect a log

Step 2

Attach a one-inch drill bit and make several one-inch-deep holes along the length of

Step 2 - create the feeding holes
Step 2 – create the feeding holes

the log.

Step 3

Then, using a small drill bit (a little narrower than the screw), make a two-inch-deep hole in the top of the log. Twist in the hook.

Step 3 - twist in the hook
Step 3 – twist in the hook

Step 4

Make the bird food by stirring the suet and seed in a bowl, then push the mixture tightly

Step 4 - make the bird food mixture
Step 4 – make the bird food mixture

into the holes.

Step 5

Finally, attach a chain or piece of wire on to the hook, hang the feeder from a tree and wait for the birds to come.

Step 5 - hang the feeder
Step 5 – hang the feeder
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