Add a bird feeding station to your yard with two simple and common thrift finds. Enjoy the thrill of a new project and the pleasure of visiting birds.
Do you want to know one of the reasons I love thrift shopping so much?
It has no season.
You can shop for Christmas in July, or for spring decor in October.
Because if you only have a little vision and a few helpful supplies, you can do wonders with most anything you find.
On My List: A Bird Feeding Station
I’ve been thinking of making a new bird feeding station for a while, and this little guy certainly fit the bill.
It’s quick and easy, and I’ll show you how to transform a couple of inexpensive thrift finds into a unique bird buffet you won’t likely find in stores.
I always use my collection of hacks when I shop, which makes it so much easier to find things that have the potential for fun projects.
Sometimes it works like that, and at other times only a hack or two fit my finds.
Regardless of how few or many I use, they’re the handiest things to have when I shop.
They’re pretty much second-nature to me now, but if they’re new to you, I’ve got a free cheat sheet with all 10 hacks available for download.
I also found these cute little plastic cups that, believe it or not, I decided to leave just as they were.
The stand did, however, get an update.
Bright white works well against rich green leaves and painting the stand was the only modification I made for this entire project.
Sometimes you don’t have to re-invent the wheel, but just tweak it a little. 🙂
Of course, you can’t fill hanging cups with birdseed without it spilling out, so I found a good homemade suet recipe to use instead.
This is such an easy recipe that freezes into a nice sturdy cake. Just fill the cups, push a stick into one side, and put it into the freezer until its solid.
I really want the birds to feel at home at the feeding station, so instead of my first consideration of a dowel, I decided to just use a stick from the yard for a perch.
This will last a few weeks for us. Once summer temperatures start happening, even the suet won’t stay but will melt and run out of the cups onto the ground.
I think I’ll replace them with hanging seed bells then and a couple of small hummingbird feeders too.
Next fall and winter we can bring out the suet again.
I considered a small windchime hanging from the bottom, but decided it would probably scare the birds away.
That would totally defeat the purpose, right?
I hung it on the tree outside our kitchen window and now have two DIY feeders to welcome my feathered friends.
It’s so rewarding watching them dine in DIY style.
Wasn’t that easy?
And this custom bird feeding station only cost $4.
So keep your eyes open when you thrift shop for pieces you can repurpose into simple and functional bird feeders.
The birds will thank you!