Mason Jar Bird Feeder

by Merissa on July 9, 2014

in Homestead Living

Mason Jar Bird Feeder - Little House Living

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Each time I walk out the farmhouse door I feel like I'm instantly transported to a nice park. With the big trees and the birds singing all around me, this tall prairie grass girl is in heaven. I didn't grow up in a place like this, at our house the prairie grass was so tall that it looked like waves when the wind was blowing and the only trees were the ones we planted and they didn't grow very fast.

Here at the farmhouse we are still very much on the open prairie but surrounded by a mini oasis of trees that are over a hundred years old. Along with those tress come birds that I've never seen before. Big birds, small birds, creepy birds, and loud birds. Blue birds, red birds, yellow birds, and white birds. At our last house I was lucky if I saw a Meadowlark in the yard and here I have pheasants and egrets running through my trees. I think it's quite amazing.

I like to watch these little creatures from the house during the day and see all the different kinds so I've created all kinds of birdhouses and bird feeders to put around the yard. The little bird feeder that is our project today is my favorite! It's heavy duty, cheap to make, and SO cute! I hope you will make some for your little singing friends as well.

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

What You Need:

  • Mason Jar
  • Twine
  • Small Round Chicken Feeder
  • Bird Seed

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Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Here's the supplies you will need. I used an old blue mason jar because I have so many, but you can use any jar you have on hand! Any regular mouth mason jar should fit in the chicken feeder. You can use craft twine or any thick string. I found some old twine in the barn that we used for ours.

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Start by tying the twine around the jar. I tied it around the top (which is now the bottom) of the jar and the ran the string up the sides and tied another piece of twine around the middle to help keep the jar upright.

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Fill the jar with birdseed. You can fill the chicken feeder too although putting the jar on gets a little interesting if you do this. But what's life without a little interesting?!

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Place the jar on the feeder and screw on. Hang in your favorite place to watch the birds come and enjoy! You can also skip the twine if you don't want to hang this and just secure it to a post in the yard.

This is a fun little project and takes only a few minutes to put together. The chicken feeder cost me just under $3 at my local farm store and I had the twine and jar so that is my only cost for this feeder. Even if you have to use a jar that you buy the project should be well under $10.

What are your favorite birds that come into your yard?


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1 michelle July 9, 2014 at 8:20 am

awe this is so great! I think i’ll get the stuff to do one this weekend, thanks.


2 stacey labeau July 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

This is an awesome idea! I am running to the farm supply store today to get the chicken feeder base. Thanks πŸ™‚


3 Barb Wright July 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

This is a cute idea!! I have a couple of these in the shed by the chicken coop,so I think I’ll make one. Might I suggest drilling a couple of drain holes so water doesn’t collect and rust the bottom out. Mine are old,so if the new ones have drainage please disregard that idea!!


4 Bobbi July 9, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Awesome! What a great use of the good ole mason jar!! Love it. Pinning it!!

Thanks for sharing!


5 Amy Ennis July 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Genius! I’ve been wanting a bird feeder because my kids love to watch to birds and we just bought two chick feeders when we only needed one! It’s perfect! Thanks!


6 Pam July 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

GREAT idea! I’ve been wondering about some cute ideas for my Mason jars and I need more bird feeders! Found the chicken feeders on eBay! Stoked! πŸ™‚


7 Tiffany July 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

I made three of these yesterday and they look great! The only thing I did differently was I use wire in place of the twine so it would last longer. Love this craft; I’m going to do a bunch with green colored jars for Christmas gifts!


8 Julie July 14, 2014 at 4:01 am

That looks so good, I can think of a few people these would make great gifts for come Christmas.
My favourite bird in our garden is the Robin who visits in the winter, my least favourite are the blackbirds who insist on nesting in the ivy on the fence and then get really stressed when we are sitting out in the garden. Moma blackbird likes to divebomb us! Bless her, I know she is just protecting her babies but still. I’m in the Uk so I guess my garden birds are a little different to yours.


9 Live Peachy July 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Gifts! That’s exactly what I was thinking. This would make a really sweet Mother’s Day gift/project from the kids. So simple yet so pretty and it will provide many hours of enjoyment!



10 [email protected] July 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

Very cute and creative use of the chicken feeder! I love feeding the birds too and recently posted a thrifted bird feeder made from items I found at Goodwill.


11 Liz July 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

That’s very cute! Using the chicken feeder is a creative idea!


12 Angela July 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by the Wednesday Roundup! This awesome post is being featured this week! Come on by and grab a featured button! I’ve also pinned this to our Link Party Pinterest board!


13 Merissa July 16, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Thanks for the feature!


14 Jill July 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

I love it! Simple, effective and cute. These would be nice holiday gifts, who can’t enjoy a bird feeder?

Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


15 Mar Solie August 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

Love the bird feeder idea. I too have a plethora of mason jars as I never throw them out. I needed another idea to make use of them. I bought plastic lids so I also use them for leftovers in the fridge.


16 Susan Kline May 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

I love your very original construction of a bird feeder! My only concern is how would I keep the greedy squirrels out? I live near Baltimore and haven’t been visited by the Baltimore Orioles yet, but I keep watching for one. We have cardinals, mourning doves and many small birds which I haven’t identified yet. Also raucous crows and possibly ravens. There are occasionally quieter birds than the crows and I immediately get my bird book out to detect the difference, but I’m never sure. Last year some small brown birds built their nest in a hanging planter on my porch and proceeded to raise a family of 4 or 5 babies. I discovered this when I watered the plant! Then, I let nature take its course and worried almost as much as the parent birds when all but one of the fledglings left the nest. Finally, two days after the others, he was gone. I choose to believe that he made it!


17 Mary Behrens May 9, 2015 at 10:37 am

Cute idea but you should probably drill a few holes in the bottom of the feeder so it drains and you don’t end up with a soggy, moldy mess of bird seed after it rains.


18 Merissa May 9, 2015 at 6:01 pm

I like to hang these under the trees so they usually do not get wet. So far in the last few years it hasn’t been an issue.


19 Patsy August 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Amazing how something my Grandma used to do is all the rage now lol. I remember my Grandma do this when I was a kid (I’m 51 now). People are finally realizing they don’t have to go out and buy new to have something nice. Just use your imagination and what you got on hand lying around colleting dust and turn it into something functional and cute or pretty or rustic or whatever look you are going for. So much better for the environment. It also gives us a sense of worth to be able to create something functional and eye pleasing.


20 KIM October 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Love mason jars too! I will be making the birdfeeder.


21 Frances May 13, 2016 at 5:13 am

I have received several of your pages n the last few days. I hope to see more. Love this idea.


22 Jess May 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

Aww…this sounds so cute!

I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group.

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


23 Kayla May 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

I really like this idea. It’s so simple, yet beautiful. My favorite. Anything with a mason jar is good!


24 Emma Craig May 19, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Is there nothing mason jars can’t do?! πŸ˜‰ What a lovely craft – I love the rustic feel!


25 Theresa @DearCreatives May 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Love this DIY for the birds! Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.


26 Lisa Silfwerbrand May 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

This is so cute and I love, love, love it that you can make it so easily with stuff on hand! Thank you so much Merissa for linking up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week; you are one of my Feature picks this Sunday over at Recreated Designs. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Lisa


27 Joanie Ronald April 19, 2017 at 11:29 am

How do you screw the jar on with seed in it? I have filled the bottom and jar and still spill. What’s the secret? If I don’t fill the bottom then all the seed goes there and jar is empty. πŸ™


28 Merissa April 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Put a piece of thick paper (or cardboard) over the bottom of the jar, flip it over onto the bottom and then pull out the paper and screw on the lid πŸ™‚


29 Natasha May 3, 2017 at 9:43 am

I couldn’t find a mason jar that fit in the feeder bottoms that I bought. The bottoms look the same as you used.


30 Natasha May 3, 2017 at 9:44 am

Do you know what size/type of mason jar that you used?


31 Merissa May 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

It’s a quart jar.


32 mary HALE June 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

love the mason jar idea…I stay at home….so love to watch the birds and butterflies…i have several jars…Ill be going to the feed store to get the feeder…have everything else I need …thanks for sharing your ideas πŸ™‚


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