Porch Swing DIY Bird Feeder

This DIY bird feeder looks like your porch swing, and is popular with birds of all kinds!

This porch swing bird feeder style has become very popular recently, with both humans and birds! This unique take on a platform feeder brings in cardinals, titmice, woodpeckers, and more. Can’t find one for sale near you? Build your own with our DIY bird feeder plans.

Start with this shopping list, then click the link below for the complete instructions in a printable format. We chose to use poplar, a wood commonly used for crafts, since this wood comes in the 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thicknesses used in this project. That way, there’s no need to resaw the boards for thickness. You’ll find it with the craft woods at home improvement stores.


  • One 1/4-inch x 6-inch x 36-inch poplar board
  • One 1/2-inch x 6-inch x 36-inch poplar board
  • 4 feet of light-duty chain
  • 6-inch x 12-inch window screen
  • Four screw eyes
  • Two S-hooks
  • 1/4-inch staples
  • 5/8-inch, 7/8-inch and 1-1/4-inch brads
  • Table saw
  • Power drill
  • Pull saw or backsaw
  • Small square
  • 7-ounce hammer
  • Small nail set
  • Stapler
  • Pliers

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Ready to build? Click here to open the DIY bird feeder instructions in PDF format, perfect for printing and taking with you to the workshop!

    • sharon peeples says

      Please tell me how to make the PDF instructions larger/. No matter what settings I use the print comes out too small to read. I printed from the printer picture inside the PDF and that has always worked for me with other files…but not this one. Will someone please help me with this?

        • Kassie says

          So cute! I think the instructions are missing something in the Setting the Screen section. They seem to skip a few steps about how to make the screen frame in Step 5.

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