DIY Bird Feeder

I have always been enamored by baskets that are woven around wire. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out this technique.

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A friend’s husband was pruning their grapevines and she was gracious enough to call and let me know.

First step: to wrestle the grapevines into a huge box that barely fit into my car.

The thought of using reed spokes for the base had crossed my mind but I felt this would not be strong enough. I had the idea to use a curved wire wreath base so there would be a place for the sunflower seeds to fall, as well as a place for the birds to perch.

I wondered if I could find a tall circular wire tube to hold the sunflowers but did not have any success finding such a thing. So I strolled the aisles of Michaels and kept looking for something.

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I happened upon this decoative bird cage. Perfect! And the wire wreath base proved to be an excellent fit.

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I talked my friend, Judy, into making a bird feeder with me. Back to wrestling grapevines.

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Base is woven and finished. 

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Birdhouses are woven and ready for sunflower seeds. They are loosely woven with gaps, allowing seeds to fall out plus birds can peck through the gaps for seeds.

It was a labor intensive day of weaving. Grapevines are thick and hard on hands to work with.

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Judy and I are please with the end result, our one-of-a-kind birdfeeder!

Total cost:

Items were purchased at Michaels. Bird cages were on sale and half price, $10. Wire wreath was $3.

I am a happy camper to get the huge box of grapevines out of my garage and to create a unique bird feeder for my feathered friends!

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