Right away I knew that a mason jar bird feeder would be perfect for my country home. Who doesn't love the charm of the ever-popular mason jar? I thought I would share this project and a few tips for those out there who might also enjoy treating their feathered friends. It is likely you already have most of what is needed for this easy do-it-yourself craft. Let's get started.
- A regular mouth canning jar.
- A chick feeder base.
- A bowl or plate for the canopy over the jar.
- E6000 glue (or another super strength clear adhesive).
- Chain or picture wire (plant or basket hanger).
- Optional: Decorative knob.
E6000 glue on the bottom rim of the mason jar (around the entire rim). Follow the instructions on the glue label to ensure the best adhesion results.
*In this photo, you are looking down inside the open mouth of the jar. You can see how it is centered over the screw for the canopy knob. Tip: Use a flathead screw so the jar rim can sit flush on the bowl.
safflower seed. Supposedly, squirrels won't bother a feeder with this kind of seed. It is also said to keep bully birds from hogging all of the seed. Safflower seed attracts the kind of birds I am hoping to feed. I plan to hang my feeder, but decided to wait one extra day to ensure the glue is totally cured.
Because my hummingbirds are attracted to red feeders, I am thoughtfully considering the best location for this bird feeder. You can see from the introductory photo on this page that the first bird to check out my new feeder was a hummer.
I love how my DIY mason jar bird feeder project turned out (so much so that I am making more than one feeder). In addition to the Betsy mason jars, the dishes I purchased for the canopies are a part of The Pioneer Woman Collection. The pattern on the red bowl matches the embossed pattern on the glass jar. I bought everything at Walmart.
Now I'm excited to see who shows up at the feeder today.
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