This blog will walk you through the steps of creating a DIY wire mesh bird feeder.
- Experience Required: Low
- Tools Required: Pliers, Wire Cutters, Drill or Bodkin Needle
- Materials Required: Welded Wire Mesh , Cable Ties, Plant Pot Saucers, Threaded Rod, Washers and Nuts
STEP 1) Measure the Mesh
- First, measure a 30cm high and 40cm long piece of mesh.
STEP 2) Cut the Mesh
- Based on your measurements, cut the mesh.
STEP 3) Make a Tube
- Make a tube out of the wire mesh by overlapping the two sides (a section about 2 holes wide).
- Use cable ties to secure the ends at 3 points.
STEP 4) Make Holes on the Bottom Plant Saucer
- Make 2x 2 small holes in the bottom plant pot saucer with a small drill bit (one on the left and one on the right side).
- The small holes are going to be used to tie the tube to the saucer.
- Make a hole with a utility knife in the middle of the saucer that is the appropriate size for the threaded rod.
STEP 5) Tie the Wire Mesh to the Base
- Cut 2 approximately 5-7 cm long wire pieces.
- Place the tube you made on the base and tie it down with the wire through the little holes.
STEP 6) Place the Threaded Rod
- Take the threaded rod and run it through the middle hole.
- Slide on a washer and a nut at the bottom and one nut on the inside so the plant pot saucer is held between them.
- Slide another nut on the top of the threaded rod for the top saucer to sit on.
STEP 7) Make a Hole on the Top Saucer
- Take the larger saucer and make a hole with the utility knife in the middle of it.
- The size should be appropriate for the rod to go through.
STEP 8) Fill the Feeder
- Fill the feeder with bird food before closing it off with the top saucer.
- Make sure the food doesn’t all fall out the holes (you can use honey bird seed)
STEP 9) Finish Up with the Top Nut
- Place the top saucer on the tube and secure it with a washer and the hoop nut.
STEP 10) Making Perches
- For the perches the easiest and simplest method is to use small sticks.
- Slide the sticks through the holes.
- Make sure that they are long enough that the birds can sit on them.
- How to Straighten Rolled Wire Mesh – Follow this guide to find out how to flatten welded netting
- How to Cut Wire Netting – In this guide you will find instructions on how to cut netting with different tools
- Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend – Find out more about our charity event held to celebrate birds and wildlife