When it is a bit colder, it is good to give the birds a helping hand by putting some seed mix or fat balls in your garden or on your balcony. You can also make a bird feeder for your aviary, for example. You can easily make a bird feeder yourself. Summer is just around the corner and it is a great time to get started with a fun DIY. In this blog we will show you two different bird feeders.
You don't need much for these DIYs. Take a piece of bamboo with a diameter of between ø8 and 12 cm and preferably many nodes. The nodes show where different containers are placed, so you can offer the birds different things. You can make both DIY's from one metre of bamboo. We use here this Moso pole.
Make sure your bamboo is the intended length, making sure there is enough room at the ends to drill holes for the rope.
Step 2. Splitting bamboo
Use the Japanese saw to cut a piece at the top. The bamboo must be cut horizontally in half, so about halfway down you cut a piece. Then take the chisel and hammer to split the bamboo lengthwise. If you do not have a chisel, you can also do this with a sturdy knife. Be careful for your own safety. More about this method of splitting bamboo can be found at here.
Step 3. Finishing the edges
When splitting bamboo, you may be left with frayed edges. Apart from the fact that this does not look very nice, it also results in splinters. You can even them out by scraping with the chisel. You can also use the Japanese saw to finish it off nicely. Then use a piece of sandpaper to get the edges really smooth.
Step 4. Drilling holes
Look at your two halves and decide which will be the top and which will be the bottom. For the top, drill a hole in the middle of each extreme side. For the bottom tray, drill two holes on the far sides. Then drill the two holes at the top of the bamboo so that you can thread a rope horizontally through them.
Step 5. Threading rope
Now it is time to thread the rope through the holes. Depending on how high you want to hang it, you take a piece of string. Take a piece of string 50 cm long, for example. Thread this through the two holes in the tray. Then, after about 5 to 10 cm, tie a knot and pull it through the hole in the roof. Make sure you do this at the same time on both sides, otherwise your tray will be crooked.
Step 6. Hang up and fill up!
Now you can hang up the feeder and fill it with goodies! The video and photo show how we used two fat balls and some seed.
This feeding bowl is almost even simpler. You can use a piece of bamboo that you have left over from the other feeding trough. For the palm rope you can also use the rope you have left over.
Sometimes there is a hole in the node. Therefore, it is good to check your bamboo first to make sure that the node at the bottom is not broken. The half-shell can be obtained by splitting a piece of bamboo or as a leftover when making a bamboo planter.
Step 2. Drilling holes
If all is well, you can start drilling holes. Drill 1 hole in the top of the bamboo with the bamboo drill 8mm. This is to fix the roof. At the rear you also drill 2 holes right next to each other. This is to pass rope through for fixing to the wall or pole. You also drill a hole halfway down the half-shell.
Step 3. Drilling the feed hole
Use a hole saw to drill a hole at the bottom of the front of the bamboo. If necessary, use a piece of sandpaper to round it off.
Step 4. Making a feed tray
Take the piece of Moso ø 3-4 and saw off a piece of about 10 centimetres. Make sure that one of the ends of the piece has a node. Then split the piece in two by tapping it with a hammer and chisel. You can now clamp the feed tray into the feed hole. If necessary, you can glue the tray with a little glue if it does not stay in place.
Step 5. Fixing the roof
Now it is time to attach the roof. This roof is mainly for rain protection, but is also good for keeping larger birds from eating directly from the top. The roof is easily attached by threading a piece of string through both holes and tying a knot in it.
Step 6. Fixing to wall or post
Now you can pass a rope through the two holes in the back to attach it to the intended spot. In the video you can see that it is attached to a post. You can also attach the feeding box to the wall or fence with a plug and hook. Then attach the rope. Of course, you can also choose to just put it somewhere.
Now it's just a matter of filling them with birdseed and you're done!
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