Rustic bird feeders add a natural charm to any garden or back yard landscape and the wild birds feel at home in their native environment as they feast on the food supplied in them.
Although a diverse garden attracts birds with a variety of berries, seeds, and bugs, you can supplement the food selection year-round by setting out feeders and offering birds a varied diet.
Making rustic bird feeders and rustic bird houses takes advantage of local resources, which appeals to the can-do approach of most craftspeople.
They are environmentally friendly as they incorporate naturally weathered recycled aged wood, and/or natural or organic “found” objects (bark, branches/twigs, seed pods, pine cones, fallen logs, stones, shells, driftwood, etc.)
The following are just a few examples of creative rustic bird feeders.
This classic bird table is just that ~ a platform on which to put food. This example has the added advantage of a roof to keep the food ~and the birds~dry.
This bark-faced bird feeder is a classic design that has been embellished with a woodsy mix of twigs, mosses and lichens. It is a highly functional feeder that will attract frequent flyers. This is an easy to make project from the Bird Feeder Book by Thom Boswell
Eco-log Birdfeeders by Schoolhouse Woodcrafts. Created from fall trees, this rustic bird feeder is a beautiful, natural addition to any landscape.
This rustic birdfeeder by Cindy Breninger, would look cute hanging in a tree or in a window. She drills a hole down the middle so it holds more bird food in the log. Then added a twig for a perch so the birds have a place to land.
Willow twig bird feeder by Kim Vergil.
I love the natural look of this bird feeder by artzy38. The twig branch stand is a great idea to help blend this functional piece into any garden or birding backyard.
Feeding stones for feeding wild birds by NatureSkills. Interesting large flat rocks with a slight curve in the center makes a great feeder or bird bath for a rustic garden. You should scrub it off every morning with a stiff brush before adding the seed. Or scrub it with water if it really needs it. This way there is no built up. Cleaning doesn’t have to be a major production if you clean up the feeding area every morning before placing more seed out. Just carry a good stiff brush with you.
You can make your own cement feeding tray. All that is required is a box half full of moist sand and some cement mix. Make a small round mound of sand in the middle then add the wet cement and let dry then turn it up side down and brush out the loose sand.
Using an old stump for a stand is an easy and great way to keep your garden looking natural and supplying food for birds at the same time. By Amy Ukalichick
Willow bird feeder by Curt Levine. Roofed bird tables will keep the birds -- and food -- dry in inclement weather. This one was made from pieces of fallen branches collected from the forest floor.
Nestling this twig bird feeder amongst a bunch of fallen branches makes for a great nature craft project.
An off-kilter but brilliant natural branch bird feeder or water dish. by alina’s adventures.
With a log slab as the base, this post-mounted feeding pavilion features a thatched roof with ornamental wattle railings and sub-roofing. This is another easy to make project from the Bird Feeder Book by Thom Boswell
This Birch Pole Bird Feeder from clearwaterlake, is constructed using salvaged birch slabs and sustainably harvested white birch saplings
Rustic birdhouse bird feeder by papel1
A pagoda-esque cedar bird feeder lures birds to the yard. Photo: CountryLiving.com
This birch bark bird feeder by kgrimm, is easy to make because you start with a prefabricated wooden bird feeder. She collected the bark from a peeling birch tree in the woods and glued it to the bird feeder.
Rustic oak bird table from gardenfurniturecentre, handmade from fallen oak branches - it allows us to combine environmental friendly approach with unique country style.
The feed house, a unique bird feeder with tress bark and rough saw pine. Very organic looking. by Unique Rustic Designs.
Crazy funky bird Rustic Bird Feeders
The best part of building rustic bird feeders is that you don’t have to be a fine carpenter or know anything about woodworking, as “rustic” lacks refinement and is simple and unsophisticated having a rough or textured appearance. The more natural and aged materials used the more rustic they look.
It is easy to use natural materials found in both urban and rural settings, and also obtainable through craft stores or catalogs. Interesting branches and twigs, seedpods and pinecones, lichens and moss all find a place in building rustic birdhouses. Old and discarded pieces of wood find new purpose and can be made into something beautiful. There is a wonderful element of recycling here, and if you have access to any places to collect natural materials, most of them are free.
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