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.

Materials:

  • 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!

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