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Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

Attract local birds to your yard with this popsicle stick bird feeder! Made of just popsicle sticks, wood glue, and string (with optional beads for decoration) you probably already have everything you need to create a few colorful bird feeders.

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DIY Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

We used popsicle sticks that were already dyed, but you could also use plain popsicle sticks, or even paint your own. If painting your own, you will want to use a weatherproof outdoor paint and/or sealer.

There are endless color combinations you use for these bird feeders. Kids will love experimenting and creating their own bird feeder.

And add some more decorations with colorful beads on the strings. Just tie knots in the strings to prevent the beads from sliding all the way down, add a few beads onto the string, and then tie another knot on top to secure them in place.

Supplies Needed

  • Popsicle sticks – regular size, plain or colored
  • Non-toxic wood glue – Check the craft aisle for glue that is compatible on wood and for outdoor use and make sure it’s non-toxic for kids. You can also use hot glue but it may not last as long. Read the directions of label of the glue used (some may require you to use gloves) and use with adult assistance.
  • Cotton string – to hang the bird feeder
  • Scissors – to cut the string
  • Pony beads – optional, to add onto the string for decoration
  • Bird seed – to fill the bird feeders

Glue Options

Note: a non-toxic wood glue will be the best option for outdoors in hot and wet weather. Check the craft aisle for non-toxic wood glue that is compatible for outdoors. Adults should supervise and assist with using the wood glue. Always follow the directions of the product used, some may recommend using gloves. Alternatively, you can use hot glue but it may not last as long in the rain. 

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How to Make Popsicle Stick Bird Feeders

1. Assemble the base.

Line up 11 popsicle sticks to form the base of the bird feeder. Keep them in line and form a square with them.

Apply wood glue along another popsicle stick.

Place the popsicle stick onto the base, right next to the edge so that just the rounded ends are sticking out.

Repeat for another popsicle stick on the opposite side, completing the base.

2. Build the walls.

Apply a dab of wood glue to the end of each horizontal popsicle stick.

Place a popsicle stick on each side, vertically, beginning to form the bird feeder walls.

Repeat, adding two more popsicle sticks, but horizontally this time.

You can use any color of popsicle stick for each step, but if you would like to make a bird feeder with alternating colors, like stripes, use these photos as a guide for when to switch colors.

It can also be helpful to first make a rough bird feeder, stacking the popsicle sticks to test what colors you like, without using any glue.

The completed bird feeder should have 5 layers of popsicle sticks, including the base. You can add extra layers if you’d like just keep in mind you may need a thicker string to hold it for the weight.

In the bird feeder pictured below the 5 layers are: yellow, red, yellow, red, and yellow.

3. Add the perch.

Apply a line of wood glue to half of a popsicle stick.

Slide the popsicle stick perch into the side, in a gap in the wall, with the glue facing down.

Press the popsicle stick in place and set the bird feeder aside to dry completely for several hours, until it feels strong and secure.

4. Add the strings.

Cut 4 pieces of string, each about 4 feet long.

Tie each string to a corner of the bird feeder, looping it through at least two popsicle stick layers, not just under the top layer.

Tie a secure double knot.

To make it extra strong, apply a small drop of glue onto the knot and let it dry.

5. Add beads. (Optional)

If you want to add a little more color to your bird feeders, tie a knot in the strings a few inches up from the corners of the bird feeders. Depending on the string and beads you’re using, you may need to tie a double knot – the beads should sit on top of the knot, and not slide over them.

Slide a few beads onto each string, and tie another knot above the beads to keep them in place.

6. Prepare for hanging.

Gather all 4 strings in your hand and hold them together so that the bird feeder hangs in the air evenly, not tilting to any side.

Tie all 4 strings into an overhand knot

Pull the knot tight. When hanging, the strings should form a square-based pyramid with the bird feeder as the base.

Use the excess string to tie the bird feeder to a tree branch, hook, or beam.

When hanging, be sure to tie the knots securely so that the bird feeder doesn’t fall.

Finally, add bird seed to the feeder. Start with just a little bit, so that the feeder doesn’t get too heavy and fall.

We hung a few bird feeders together under a tree branch. If you have a hook or beam along your house or under a porch, that would also be a great spot.

Keep your eyes peeled to see which birds notice your bird feeder and stop for a snack! Check on the level of bird seed and top it up as needed.

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