I am super excited to share this project that we have been working on the past weeks. This DIY Bird Feeding Station is one that we are so proud of. It took blood, sweat and tears but we GOT IT DONE!!! We still have landscaping to finish around the Bird Feeding Station but that will have to wait until Mother Nature graces us with some warmer weather!
One of the best parts of our Bird Feeding Station is that is made 100% of recycled materials! It didn’t cost us a penny!!! The posts and nails used were from the previous dog run that occupied this space. The roof and wood used to create the shelf for birds who prefer to perch are all made of barn board from our property.
This is our second DIY Bird Feeding Station. At our previous home, we created this one out of 2 dead trees. We used both hanging feeders and 2 shelves, one on each end birds like Blue Jays and Grackles who like to perch. This feeding station was visible from our living room so it made bird watching very easy!
First, let’s start with the space itself. The space used at our current home, was where we place our first dog run. I say our first dog run, because we have since re-positioned the dog run on the other side of our house which provided a much better and larger space for our 4 dogs to roam. So the first part of this process was to remove all but 2 posts and fencing from the area since we were no longer using it.
This left us with a great open space to work with. The thought was that we wanted to position the DIY Bird Feeding Station in a spot that was visible from the office window, where we spend a lot of time! Two posts remained, 8 feet apart. We knew we wanted to have a roof of some sort that would provide the birds with both shade and cover from the elements. Here you see that Brian framed out a roof base that will allow us to secure the roof to the structure.
Our next task was to create a roof. As some of you already know, we live on an old family farm and therefore we have multiple outbuildings. One of the barns collapsed with all the heavy snow we got this year therefor we now have plenty of beautiful, reusable barn board and tin roof. This is where we got the roof for the station. We were able to cut out a section of roof that was still wonderfully intact. It has become the roof!
Once Brian secured the roof, it was time to create the shelf for the bird seed. Once again, Brian created a frame out of recycled wood. He then inserted and positioned boards inside of the frame, which was secured to each post. This will also help to give the station some rigidity and robustness. The two end pieces are flush with the top of the frame so I can easily sweep it off when its time for new seeds, while the inner pieces are set and flush with the bottom of the frame!
We places a solar light at the bottom of each post as well as another about half way up the post. This is simply lovely at dusk as it provides a wonderful glow! I also got some of my outdoor decorations out to begin the process of creating the lower portion of the Bird Feeding Station.
This weekend, we spent some time gathering rocks of different sizes and shapes from the property in order to create a border around the bottom of the feeder. We loaded up the back of the Side by Side (who we call Ruby, because she is Ruby Red) and brought them home.
Brian also was able to drag out the small boulder that we placed in the center.
We added some black mulch, which was the only things that we spent any money on, that was leftover from us planting 9 trees on the property.
We created the border alternating between large and small, mossy and non-mossy rocks. The 2 large mushrooms are actually benches and I think are just adorable. I have black 2 metals cranes that I think are just so cute!
Then there is this guy! I LOVE Inukshuks! He was created out of some rocks that we gathered. Brian always finds the perfect rocks to create one for me!
So here is the result of our hard work. I will likely add little figures or other outdoor yard decorations as the season progresses.
I love it and so do the birds. We currently have 18 different types of birds that visit us on a regular basis. Yesterday, there were 38 birds at the station all at once. Some were perched on the shelf, some on the rocks and others on the ground. It is really quite magnificent! Here are a few pics of some of the birds we feed either at the station or one of our hanging feeders…
Stay tuned for the updated pictures once our landscaping around the feeding station is complete.
If you like this DIY project, check out another project here.
Until my next post,