How To Make Your Own Bird Feeder Using A Mason Jar

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How To Make Your Own Bird Feeder Using A Mason Jar


Watching the birds in my backyard can be so relaxing. I have two feeders in my yard, but am tempted to add more to attract even more birds! When I saw this mason jar bird feeder project I just knew I had to make one for myself.

Your backyard birds will thank you for making this Mason Jar Bird Feeder! Not only is it simple to make, but you'll have so much fun watching all the neighborhood birds feasting on birdseed. It will be endless hours entertainment for you and your family!


You can actually use your mason jars to make various different styles of bird feeders. Here's some inspiration if you're looking to experiment and make a few unique feeders.

For this one they used a mason jar mug and filled it with seed and suet. They also stuck a little piece of doweling in the seed so the birds have somewhere to sit while they feast.

You can also try attaching the mouth of your mason jar to a small round chicken feeder and make something that looks like this:

You could completely scrap the idea of feeding birds and make a candy dispenser instead! Same idea as the picture above, but filled with candy instead of birdseed. The kids would love this one!

Finally, you can try making a few canning lid feeders. You add the seed with some suet inside a canning lid and hang it from a branch in your yard. The kids would love helping make these!

Aren't these great ideas for making use of your extra mason jars? Let us know how yours turns out!

You can get the full list of materials and directions for making our mason jar bird feeder below.


  • Box cutter
  • 26 oz. container of salt
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Small plate
  • Birdseed
  • 1 Mason jar


  1. Cut your container of salt into a circle that will fit inside the lid of your mason jar. Make sure that you keep the spout from the salt container (this is where the birdseed will come out).
  2. Cut 4 pieces of twine into 3-foot strands and string them halfway through the lid of the jar.
  3. Place the salt top inside the lid of the jar and shift the pieces of twine to opposite sides of the lid.
  4. Screw the lid onto your mason jar filled with birdseed.
  5. Tie your small place to the mason jar using the twine. Make sure you have about 2 inches of room between the plate and the mason jar.
  6. Your bird feeder is now ready to use! Hang on a tree branch and watch as your cute birdy friends gobble up the birdseed.

Do you know someone who would love making this bird feeder for their yard? Make sure to share these instructions with them!

You can watch our video below that shows you step by step how to make these mason jar bird feeders. Let us know how yours turns out!

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