Bird Feeder Plans

There are so many different kinds of free bird feeder plans that we divided them into categories.

Hopper Bird Feeders
Platform Bird Feeders
Tube Bird Feeders
Suet Feeders
Bird Feeders for Kids
Seed Preferences of Birds

Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

Hopper Feeders are convenient because you just have to lift the lid and pour in the food. They will usually hold more than one days worth of food. The hopper feeder has trays on each side for birds to land on and the bird seed is protected from rain and snow. The wood feeder can be reloaded with seed from the top and it can hang from a tree, pole or a hook.

Gourmet Bird Feeder Plan
Here's a uniquely designed feeder that you can load with up to 4 different types of seeds to bring a variety of birds to your feeder. Just match the birds you choose to attract with the seeds they prefer to eat.

McTweet Cafe Bird Feeder
This free bird feeder plan features a top that slides up a cord, allowing easy removal of the seed bottle. Seed bottle is a regular water bottle.

Bird Feeder Plan
This project is a little more difficult than some of the others.

Bird Feeder
This pine bird feeder can be filled up infrequently as it can store several weeks worth of food at a time.

Wood Bird Feeder
This simple, but sturdy bird feeder has clear, plastic sides to view feed levels and holds about six pounds of feed.

Platform Bird Feeders

Platform Feeders attract a wide variety of birds and allows many to feed at once. They can be hung from a hook, placed on the ground, or mounted on a pole.

They usually have screen on the bottom which allows water to drain, helping to keep seed fresh. Some have a roof for protection from rain and snow. Platform feeders are designed to accommodate birds of all sizes.

Hex Platform Bird Feeder
This bird feeder has screen in the bottom so that the rain can run through and the bird seed will dry out really good after the rain.

Platform Feeder
This is a simple platform feeder. Put out different types of seed and see who comes visiting.

Flowering bird feeders
With ground covers on the roof, these easy-to-make feeders shelter the seed naturally. Here are the plans for 3 different platform feeders with roofs and flowers.

Window Bird Feeder
Build a window feeding shelf for the birds with free plans.

Bird Table
The advantage of this bird feeder is that you can easily put table scraps onto it, rather than relatively expensive bird seed. And let's face it, the birds are happy to get anything in the winter...especially if you're a good cook!

Tube Bird Feeders

Tube Bird Feeders have more than one feeding station with perches that allow for multiple dining. The tube style bird feeder protects seed from weather and allows multiple birds to feed at the same time.

Song Bird Feeder
A Large Feeder for Back Yard Bird Feeding. 19 1/2" tall. Accommodates six feeding song birds at one time.

Castle Song Bird Feeder
A Large Feeder for Back Yard Bird Feeding. 18" tall. Accommodates six feeding song birds at one time through squirrel proof side holes.

Log Feeder for Peanut Butter Suet
Our own easy bird feeder plan for Log Feeder for Peanut Butter Suet using a log of any length. Includes recipe for suet.

Suet Feeders

Suet Feeders hold purchased suet cakes or suet cakes you make yourself usually in a wire cage. We have also listed some feeders here that use a peanut butter suet stuffed into holes.

Suet Feeder Plans
Free plans for build a suet feeder with chicken wire and wood from

Simple Bird Feeder
This feeder will make a very inviting small feeding station for your feathered friends who stay in your vicinity during the cold winter months. The wire mesh holds enough suet to last a long time.

Bird Feeders Kids Can Make
(with adult supervision!)

Plastic Bird Feeder
This is a great kid's project but will require lots of adult help.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Want to make a fun and simple bird feeder? Free simple directions on making a bird feeder out of pine cones.

Our own bird feeder plans:
Log Bird Feeder Plan

Water Bottle Bird Feeder

Bird Seed Preferences of Birds

Black Oil and Striped Sunflower Seeds Chickadees, Nuthatches, Finches, Sparrows, Mourning doves, Bluejays, Cardinals, Titmice, Buntings,Grosbeaks
Cracked corn Blue jays, cardinals, mourning doves, sparrows, starlings, woodpeckers
Thistle Seeds (Niger) Finches, Buntings, Redpolls, Siskins, Juncos, Mourning Doves
Millet (White Variety) Blackbirds, Cowbirds, Grackles, Juncos, Sparrows, starlings, Finches, Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Buntings, Towhees, Blackbirds, Pigeons
Safflower Safflower Jays, Grosbeaks, Finches, Cardinals, Titmice, Mourning Doves, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Song Sparrows
Milo, Sorghum Grackles, Starlings, some Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Pigeons, Cowbirds, Bluejays
Peanuts Cardinals, Woodpeckers, Bluejays, Finches, Magpies, Nuthatches, Titmice, Chickadees, Sparrows & Squirrels
Suet Bird Feed Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, most birds will eat some suet.
Mealworms Nuthatches, Titmice, Bluebirds, Wrens, Cardinals, Robins, Woodpeckers, Chickadees
Peanut Butter Sparrows, Finches and Mourning Doves