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Bird feeder

Budget garden DIY special from NZ Gardener magazine

Giving your garden a glow up doesn't have to break the bank. Pallets are readily available for free. Jacob Leaf shares an idea for using one to create a bird feeder.

How to make a bird feeder

You will need

Cost: $3 excluding Resene products.


Learn how to make a bird feeder for your garden:

How to make a bird feeder - step 1
Step one
Mark one end of a 100mm top deck board with two 20-degree cut lines that meet in the centre.

Measure down the length of the board by 150mm, then mark two more 20-degree cut lines that mirror the other end.

Measure in 70mm and mark a point for drilling the hole for the fruit.

How to make a bird feeder - step 2
Step two

Clamp the deck board down and cut out the 70mm hole with a hole saw.

How to make a bird feeder - step 3
Step three
Drill a hole through each side of the deck board that crosses through the middle of the fruit hole to support the steel fruit skewer.

Cut the bird feeder out off the deck board using the marked lines as your guide.

How to make a bird feeder - step 4
Step four
To make the “roof”, use the 20-degree cut on the main body of the bird feeder as a guide to mark the angle onto the edge of a deck board. Then cut that piece 120mm long. Cut that piece in half along its length to make two roof pieces.

Glue and screw the roof onto the top end of the bird feeder body. Then drill and screw an eyelet screw into the top of the roof for hanging, then hammer some nails into the bottom for perches.


Here are some other projects using pallets: Hanging herb planter | Hanging tool rack | Whare Weta

Project by: Jacob Leaf

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