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Birds and Butterflies: 6 DIY Feeders

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Kara
05.24.13

Bird feeders are more than just a pretty garden addition! These nice-looking pieces really do attract birds and butterflies, which will pollinate your plants and help your garden grow. As a bonus, a lush garden will boost your curb appeal, which can increase the perceived value of your home! To get all of the benefits, make one of these six DIY projects:

1. Teacups

If you head to your local thrift store or garage sale to find a few vintage teacups, you’re already halfway done with this bird feeder.  This project requires no sawing or cutting! 

Photo: Jill Ruth & Co.

2. Fruit Rinds 

Yet another reason to save your citrus peels! Fruit rinds have a number of helpful uses around the house and they also make great DIY bird feeders. The best part about this feeder: it will be a hit with your kids. Visit Donuts, Dresses and Dirt for the full step-by-step instructions

Photo: Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

3. Mason Jar 

If you’ve got a spare mason jar, some twine and a piece of a sponge, you can make a DIY butterfly feeder! Encourage butterflies to visit your yard and pollinate your plants with this easy project

4. Popsicle Sticks 

Popsicle sticks can be reused for all sorts of things, so it’s no surprise that they can also be used to create a DIY bird feeder. We love this handmade feeder from Create-Celebrate-Explore because Tonya uses an extra Popsicle stick on the side for a perch that feathered friends can post up on.

Photo: Create-Celebrate-Explore

5. Wine Bottle 

For the crafters who are looking for a challenge, this wine bottle DIY feeder from The Garden-Roof Coop is right up your alley (or garden in this case). Fill your feeder with nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees and shrubs. 

Photo: The Garden-Roof Coop

6. Cookie Cutters

Who says cookie cutters are just for cookies? We found this adorable project by eighteen25 courtesy of Prudent Baby and think it’s the perfect daytime summer craft for kids. Tip: Switch up the cookie cutters for holiday shapes if you want to give them as gifts.

Photo: eighteen25

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