Easy Coffee Can Bird Feeders

Saturday, January 05, 2013

It's winter here in Michigan and that seriously limits the activities that my little guy and I can do. Many days we get stuck inside the house because of the frosty temperatures and snow.

One thing we really like to do while we're cooped up is watch the birds through the kitchen window. There are many different species that stay around or migrate in from Canada throughout the winter months here.

Food is harder to find for birds with snow on the ground, so what better way to invite them to my window than to offer free breakfast and lunch? 

Here's how to make an easy bird feeder from an empty coffee can.

Take a tin coffee can that's been washed out and save the lid(s), you'll need those later. You want to make sure you do this with a tin can rather than one made of cardboard so it will hold up outside.

Take off the bottom of the can with a can opener so you have a tube.

Take the label off. Try to get all the stuck on pieces. If you're having trouble, use a little alcohol on a paper towel and it will come off easily for you.

Next poke two small holes in the middle of the can. To do this, I used a nail and a hammer. If the can gets misshapen while making the holes just push it back to a circle once you're done.

Now pick your paint colors and decorate! I used acrylic craft paint to decorate mine.

Next, spray the can with a clear protective coat.

Cut the plastic lid to the can in half and place one half on each end of the can. Use some hot glue to attach it securely. Now the bird seed with stay safe inside the can and not pour out all over the ground.

Run a piece of twine through the holes and tie the ends in a tight knot. 

Pull the twine up, throw in a couple cups of bird seed, hang in a tree, and wait for the your feathered friends to come!

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  1. What a fantastic idea! I love it ; ) and we have plenty of coffee can around here. Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  2. I love this! You and the little man did a good job. Thanks for linking it up at Share Something Saturday, please feel free to stop by next Saturday too. I hope you guys have a great weekend!


  3. That is so cute!! Thanks for the idea!
    And, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

  4. Love this idea! Found your link on This Gal Cooks's link party.

  5. Love this idea! This will be something me and my little one can make together in the spring! Thanks so much for posting and also for co-hosting todays GFC Hop! I look forward to reading more!


  6. Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's! What a great idea! My little birdies lost their home this year. We had to cut down 2 trees. Maybe this will help bring them back! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hey! I followed you through the "I Love my Post" blog hop! So glad I found your blog, i'm a new follower :) Come follow back if you'd like!

  8. Love this, I Linked it back to you


  9. LOVE this idea! Such a great recycling tip too.

  10. Great idea! Fun to make and fun to use! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  11. Love this. We're having a "big bird watch" at the moment with my 3 year old and it will be perfect to make as an extra feeder.

  12. I love this!! I go through 100lbs of bird seed a month! Not one of my feeders have I made myself.....I have no idea why. This is so cute. Now I need to find a big coffee can. (Can you tell I'm finally catching up on some blog reading today my friend?)

  13. Great idea! I will give this a try.

  14. I loved your little feeder so much, that I was inspired to make my own. My son really enjoyed helping me. You can view a picture of it on my blog shaggycreations.blogspot.com Thank you so much for the inspiration. Blessings and Sunshine, Valerie

  15. This is a great idea! I have had SO many of these huge coffee cans before!! I'm asking bloggers to share their tin can DIYs this month at a new monthly Create With Me party and I would LOVE to see you link up!! Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate


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