Posted: Apr 10, 2013 11:00 AM
 
Planting pretty flowers isn't the only way to invite a little bit of nature into your backyard. Attract some wildlife with a pretty DIY Mason jar bird feeder. The kids will love watching out the window as the birds gather for a feast!

Mason jars give a charming and classic look to any home, so why not extend that charm to your backyard? Feed the birds in style with this pretty monogrammed bird feeder made out of a Mason jar!

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What you'll need

  • Galvanized metal chicken feeder
  • A Mason jar
  • 16 gauge metal wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun or Liquid Nails
  • Beads
  • Vinyl monogram letter
  • Bird seed

What you'll do

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Decide what part of the Mason jar should be the back. Heat up the hot glue gun and glue the end of the metal wire to the back of the Mason jar, just below the rim of the jar.

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Let the hot glue dry completely, then wrap the wire tightly around the jar.

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Start feeding beads on to the end of the wire.

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Once you have enough beads strung to cover the wire, tightly wrap the wire around the jar a second time. Use a small dab of hot glue at the back of the jar to help hold the wire in place.

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Feed more beads onto the wire, then make a second pass around the jar with the wire and glue it in place.

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Now wrap the wire tightly around the top of the jar two times.

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Secure the wire in place one more time with hot glue at the back of the jar.

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Bend the wire at a 90-degree angle, then glue the wire to the center of the jar with a small dab of hot glue.

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Bend the wire into a hook shape. Make sure that the hook is large enough to fit over a tree branch.

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Thread beads onto the hook, then bend the end of the hook over to keep the beads in place.

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Apply the vinyl letter to the front of the Mason jar. Individual vinyl letters can be found at most craft stores, or you can cut your own using a vinyl cutter such as the Cricut or Silhouette.

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Fill the Mason jar with the bird seed. A funnel might make pouring easier.

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Screw the galvanized metal chicken feeder onto the Mason jar, then flip it over. Once the bottom is attached, the bird feeder is ready to hang outside!

Notes

  • Individual vinyl letters can be found at most craft stores, or you can cut your own using a vinyl craft cutter such as the Cricut or the Silhouette.
  • Metal chicken feeders can be ordered online (I found mine on Amazon) or at your local feed supply store.
  • If you live in a cold climate, you might want to use a stronger adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, to hold the wire in place.

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