DIY Bird Feeder from a Log ~ Gift Idea!

The fall season is full upon us and our feathered friends will be either heading south or getting ready for the winter months ahead. Why not create a backyard oasis that will have them coming back for more? We are avid bird lovers in our home. We were delighted when a friend of mine gave us this DIY bird feeder made from a piece of firewood and rope. How easy is that?

Create a backyard bird oasis for your overwintering and migratory birds (Great gift idea too!) with DIY bird feeder tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Did you know that if you provide a back yard feast, birds will remember your yard as a place to return to when they come back from migrating? It’s a sweet reunion each season. Also, the birds that overwinter will love you for the protein packed goodies.

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces |

What a delight it is to see our tree clinging birds (nuthatches, tufted titmice, woodpeckers – not to mention squirrels love it too) come for a visit. We can  see their excitement at the treat they’ve found, especially the birds that overwinter. Did you know that migratory birds will remember your home the next time they’re passing through and will come back again year after year if you continue to provide nourishment for them? It’s like a reunion each spring and winter. Fun!

To create this DIY bird feeder, all you need is a piece of branch or log, a drill, and a few basic materials.

Piece of Firewood for DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces |

So, lets grab our materials and get ready to create!

Supplies for DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces |*affiliate links are included in this post so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

Here’s what you’ll need:

We are blessed, in my opinion, to have a fireplace and so we always have a stash of firewood on hand. For your log, you can use a downed branch or head to your own stash to grab a piece of wood.

Stack of Firewood | Prodigal Pieces |

The tree-clingers prefer a chunky bark, but most any will do.

To start, put your 1″ spade bit into your drill and start about 2″ down from your top edge and drill a hole approximately 1/2″ deep. Always when using power tools, take necessary precautions.

Using Spade Bit to Create DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces |

Holes for DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comOnce you have your first hole, you are going to drill a second hole on the same face about 6″ below that one.

After that, roll the log over a quarter turn then drill in the next face starting with the first hole about 5″ from the top and then the second 6″ below that one. This does not have to be exact and give a more rustic feel when randomly chosen.

Layout Design for Log Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comRepeat those steps until you have two sets of matching faces on opposing sides. Now you will need to drill your rope hole using the 5/16″ bit. Starting on the face that has the first hole 5″ down, drill your rope hole 2″ from the top, making sure to go completely through the log.

Drilling Log Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comNext, you’re ready to add your rope. Cut a 2′ or longer piece and thread it into the hole. If you turn the rope in the direction of the braid (counter-clockwise) while inserting it, that will help the rope go through smoothly.

Adding Rope to DIY Log Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comOnce through, tie the rope in a basic knot.

Making a Knot for Adding Rope to DIY Log Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comOn to the fun part! Since birds burn a ton of protein flitting about, they need to store up as much as they can. We prefer to use a chunky peanut butter and then roll it in seeds like this. (I’m using our old feeder to fill because we intend to give the one we created for this post as a gift)

Filling DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comGrab a tablespoon of peanut butter and place it in a bowl of bird seed.

Peanut Butter for Birds to Have Protein on DIY bird feeder | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThen sprinkle the peanut butter with seed.

Bird Seed and Peanut Butter for Birds to Have Protein | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comAfter coating with the seed, press the mixture into the holes using the back of a spoon. Or if you’re nutty like me (catch the pun?) it’s more fun to use your fingers. tee hee. The kids love this part!

Filling Bird Feeder | Prodigal Pieces |

Filled Log Bird Feeder | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comWe’re done and it’s ready to hang. Yay!

DIY Backyard Log Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comFor a fun twist, you could also add dowels for other species to be able to roost at each hole. For this project I tried to keep it simple because you can DIY!

Got questions? Please feel free to ask. If you enjoyed this DIY bird feeder project, do pin and share!

Create a Backyard Oasis for your Migratory Birds with this DIY Bird Feeder by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Love it! What a great gift this will make! And it is filled with love and other yummy things.

    November 11, 2015 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Mary! We have used ours for years and the birds will sit in the branches all a flitter when we’re bringing out a fresh batch. I love it!

      November 15, 2015 at 5:52 am Reply
  • Debbie

    Great idea. Looks less messy than covering pine cones with peanut butter and rolling in bird seed. More durable also!

    November 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply
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