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15 DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

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Wine bottle bird feeders are an excellent way to use up your old wine bottles, feed the local birds, and improve your yard’s appearance all at the same time. If you have some old wine bottles and are looking for some plans, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the internet for every bird feeder plan we could find, and we’ll list them for you here. We’ll provide you with pictures and a short description of each one so you can learn a little more about them and can find one right for you and your skill level.

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What Is a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder?

The designs we list here will be of all different styles and shapes, but they will all function similarly. The most common style is to build a frame that keeps the bottle in place. The bottle is usually filled with seed and placed upside down, so it pours out into a small tray. When the tray is full, the seeds stop coming out, and as the birds eat them, more escape from the bottle to fill the tray. This type of feeder allows you to place a huge amount of seed in the feeder, and it will stay dry as long as it stays in the bottle. A single bottle full of seeds may last an entire season, and the less you handle the feeder, the more the birds will frequent it.


Bird Feeder Plans

1. Sun Catcher Bottle Feeder

Our list’s first plan is not that difficult to build and comes with detailed plans that are freely available. There are a few curved angles to cut, but the result is a durable and attractive feeder that will last several years.


2. Hawks Bottle Feeder

The Hawks Bottle Feeder is a little easier to build than the first one because it gets rid of most angles but keeps an elegant design. The collar that holds the bottleneck is the sole angle, and you can finish the feeder in different ways, and it even looks good raw.


3. How To Specialist Bottle Feeder

The How To Specialist bottle feeder is easy to build and only requires a few materials. There are some curved cuts, but you will make them with a small saw, a file, and some sandpaper. The feeder in this image has no finish, but you can add any finish you want.


4. Reclaimed Wood Feeder

The Reclaimed Wood Feeder, as the name suggests, is made from reclaimed wood, which helps bring down costs and provides a unique look when you finish the project. When you finish this project, it hangs on a pole or wall.


5. Easy Bottle Feeder

The Easy Bottle Feeder is one of the simpler bottle feeders on this list because you don’t need to carve wood pieces to hold the bottle in place. A simple metal band clamp keeps the bottle from moving until you need to refill it again.


6. Bobs Bottle Feeder

Bob’s Bottle feeder is a little more complex than many others, but the resulting feeder is extremely attractive and pairs the wine bottle with a wine glass for a complete look. The glass fits in a cut-out so it won’t slip while the birds are using it.


7. Great Little Bird Feeder

The Great Little Bird Feeder is another project that keeps the bottle from falling by using a metal wire, so it’s easier to build and requires less cutting. It still uses a wooden shelf to suspend the bottle over the seed bid, but instead of a cut-out tray, this project uses an old-fashioned style steel cup.


8. Abstract Style Feeder

The Abstract Style Feeder is very easy to build and is unique because it dispenses liquid instead of seeds like the rest. Liquid feeders are perfect for attracting hummingbirds and other types that are attracted to drinking nectar.


9. Dumpa Day Bottle Feeder

The Dumpa Day Feeder is another easy-to-build liquid wine bottle feeder that shows you how you can get creative with the idea to fill your yard with multiple feeders. These bottles use a decorative wire on the outside to provide a magical or mystical appearance.


10. Better Homes and Gardens Feeder

The Better Homes and Garden Feeder is similar to some of the others on this list, but it provides you with a step-by-step method for creating the decorative wire on the outside of the bottle, which can make it easier to tackle some of the other projects that don’t explain each step.


11. Martinelli’s Glass Bottle Feeder

Martinelli’s Glass Bottle Feeder is an easy-to-build project with all of the steps carefully explained. There are no difficult curves to cut, and you can probably finish it in a single day. The finished project looks good, but you can finish it with stain to look even better and be more resistant to the environment.


12. Rustic Backyard Feeder

The Rustic Backyard Feeder is similar to some of the other designs on this list, but it adds a second tier to hold the seed. This second tier will help prevent more seed from falling on the ground below, where they might invite squirrels and other animals that could prevent the birds from gaining access.


13. Etsy Bottle Feeder

The Etsy Bottle feeder is very attractive and easier to build than it looks and only requires a careful application of stain and varnish. It provides a wide baser for holding plenty of seed and has brass hinges for removing the bottle when refilling.


14. Cedar Bottle Bird Feeder

The Cedar Bottle Bird Feeder uses cedarwood to repel insects and moisture better than other woods, so you don’t need to worry about applying a finish if you don’t want to. You hang this design from a tree branch so it can swing freely, and the extra posts and square shape protects the bottle as it hangs.


15. Amber Bottle Bird Feeder

The Amber Bottle Bird Feeder is one of the more unique designs on this list. Unlike the rest, this project keeps the bottle upright and requires you to put a hole in the bottle where the birds can access the food. Creating the hole is challenging, and you will also need to build a small porch area where the birds can stand to eat the food.divider 7

Building the Best Feeder

Many great ideas on this list can turn your old wine bottles into a useful bird feeder. Feeders will bring birds that will entertain the children and your pets, and they also make your yard a more pleasant place to be. Since a wine bottle is so large, you won’t have to hover over them continuously, refilling them with food as you do with other feeders, which means less work for you and less human scent for the birds. If you are new to crafting, we recommend starting with one of the liquid feeders. You only need to put some hose through the cork or a rubber stopper and find a way to hang it from a tree with some rope or twine. If you are not afraid of working with wood, try out some of the free plans with easy-to-follow instructions, and as you gain experience, you can purchase or try to mimic the others.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over our list and have come up with some ideas for your old bottles. If you think some of the projects on here might interest a friend, please share these 15 wine bottle bird feeder plans you can build today on Facebook and Twitter.

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