When we lived in Romania, my Dad took a trek into town to run some errands. While he was gone, we got word that he might be coming home with a surprise and there were hints about it coming from a pet store. What he brought home was indeed a surprise, but one I will never forget.
A little bird sat in the bottom of a box as we set up the cage for his new home. I had no idea what kind of bird he was, but I loved him immediately. It didn’t matter what kind of bird he was, what mattered was that he sparked my interest in feathered animals that has stayed with me till this day.
If you don’t love birds like I do, then you might be tempted to click off this post to find other things to read, but, before you do consider this: what makes some gardens really stunning to look at? Yes, the plants are usually the stars of the show, but what about the gardens where a few cool structures are added? Those are the ones that really grab the attention and make people stare.
This photo inspiration was found here.
Well, today I’m sharing something for the bird lovers and garden lovers alike. This project is extremely simple and will take less than an hour to complete. I was able to use things found around our property, so it was free for us, but wouldn’t cost more than $20-$30 anyway. Keep reading for an extremely simple DIY pedestal bird feeder tutorial.
I always start out with a list of materials, so here we go:
- Bricks- I had 54
- ½” plywood
- Any small strips of wood (I had quarter round trim)
- Circular Saw* (affiliate link)
- Nail Gun
The first step after you’ve gathered your materials is to build your brick structure. I simple stacked the bricks on top of each other using an alternating pattern.
Sure, I could have made it super secure using concrete, but by doing it this way, I can take it down at any time and use the bricks for something else if I want.
You might be questioning the stability of loosely stacked bricks. Well, mine has stood strong through all kinds of Illinois weather for a whole year and looks the same as it did the day I made it.
Once you are done stacking it’s time to make the platform that the seeds will go on. Measure the top of your brick structure and use those measurements to cut your plywood to size. It’s a good idea to drill some small (too small for seeds to get through) holes through the bottom for water drainage.
Next, what I did was added a lip around the top of the plywood so that the seeds don’t fall off. I never go shopping if I don’t have to, so I used what I had which was leftover pieces of quarter round trim. Really any small strip of wood will work for this, so get creative and use what you have! These can be simply nailed down with a nail gun or hammer.
Ok this next step is really hard, so pay special attention. Take that platform you just made….still with me?…and place it (take a deep breath, you can do it!) on top of the brick. Whew!
I’m kidding with you, that wasn’t hard at all! It’s really as simple as that! Throw some seed on top and find a nice spot to lounge with iced tea and watch the beautiful birds enjoy your work of art.
Whether you enjoy watching birds or not, the aesthetic qualities of this structure will make any landscape beautiful. This project can be done in a matter of an hour or two with material you can probably find for free. We always have a great variety of birds coming to ours and I never get tired of watching them flit about as they sing their pretty little songs.
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