How to Turn Old Frisbees into a New Bird Feeder

by DIY Maven

created at: 2009-08-07

Leland is a very clever guy. The proof: he took a couple of Frisbees and an empty mayonnaise jar and turned them into a bird feeder. What I find remarkable about his creation is it looks like a store bought bird feeder! If you'd like to make one of your own, here's what you'll need:

  • 2 Frisbees or Frisbee-type deals
  • 1 empty 1-quart size plastic mayonnaise jar
  • 1" dowel that's 1/2" long
  • 1 coffee mug hook
  • 1 round head screw #8 x 1
  • hot glue gun and...

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Cordon Bleu, Bird Style

by Lilybee

So you've made your little feathered chums the hippest house on the block, now might be a good time to throw them a dinner party. With that in mind here's a few recipes that boids go nuts for.

Hors d'oeurve:

Pine Cone Nibbles

  • pine cones
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed (your choice)

Spread peanut butter all over the pine cones and roll them in birdseed. Tie a piece of ribbon or string to the top of each cone and hang them on tree branches.

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The BIRDS!

by Lilybee

created on: 08/04/08

I saw these delicious wallpaper birdies on a post over at Ohdeedoh just before I went away and instantly wanted them or something like them, so instead of packing like I should have been I bungled together a DIY version, using Origami Paper and this website here which has lovely anatomically correct birdy silhouettes.

created on: 08/04/08

 

You can probably figure it out yourself but what I did was:

  • choose a bird whom I liked the shape of, in this case...

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How To Attract Birds in the Winter.

by Chris Gardner

The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.


  • High-calorie suet is vital to keeping birds warm in winter.
  • Keep a supply of suet in the freezer.
  • Lay in a stock of seed in case of emergency. 
  • Run an immersible heater to the birdbath.
  • Treat birds to home cooking by making muffins, bread, and nutritious snacks.
  • Expand the menu by offering chopped nuts,...
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    It’s a HummZinger!

    by DIY Maven

    For us, hummingbirds were sort of a suburban myth: we were told they were in the area, but never saw one. As we wanted proof of their existence, a bit of investigation into hummingbird feeders was conducted. After a thorough search, general consensus named HummZinger feeders as the best on the market.

    They’re sturdy, easy to clean and very well designed for the purpose. I chose the HummZinger Ultra, which I found at my local Wild Bird Store for...

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    Great Horned Owl Update

    by DIY Maven

    It’s been twelve days since it rained owls. The ‘Twins’ as we now call them, are getting bigger every day. (They’re about the size of a house cat.) Although they do a significant amount of wing flapping, they’ve only been able to get a couple of inches of air. All in all, it’s been quite a learning experience–for all of us.

    The con and pro of having a pair of Great Horned Owls as yard guests:

    Con: the mess. Oh sure, there’s the white, splotchy...

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    Bird Cannibalism

    by DIY Maven

    DWR is featuring this absolutely beautiful Egg Birdfeeder ($150) in an aqua blue that is to die for, but there’s something about birds eating from an egg-shaped bird feeder that's a little creepy. One of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Best Products of 2004, the design finally answers that age-old question, What came first, the chicken or the egg? The egg, as it attracts the birds.

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    It’s Raining Owls

    by DIY Maven

    Look what dropped in our yard: a baby Great Horned Owl. Actually there’s two of them back there. Their parents set up housekeeping several months ago, so we weren’t surprised with the outcome of their union. What did surprise us was finding two of their babies–unable to fly–hunkered down in our back yard.

    Since we’ve become attached to these impressive hunters, panic ensued. A call to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center was necessary. A...

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