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If you love watching birds in your backyard, why not make them a cozy and inviting place to feed and rest?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to construct a rustic bird station with logs and untreated wood. This project is easy, fun, and eco-friendly.

DIY Rustic Bird Feeder Station - Complete Tutorial: a feeder station for birds, finished and set up in the lawn.

You will need some basic tools and materials, and a little bit of creativity. Let’s get started!

But, if you prefer, you can head on over to another tutorial instead, like the one we did for this DIY Classic Adirondack Chair.

Step 1: Gather your materials

Before you even think about getting started, you will need:

  • A large log (about 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter)
  • A smaller log (about 2 feet long and 4 inches in diameter)
  • A drill with a spade bit (about 1 inch in diameter)
  • A saw
  • A hammer and nails
  • Some untreated wood planks (about 1 inch thick and 6 inches wide)
  • Some twine or rope
  • Some birdseed
  • Optional: paint, stain or varnish

Step 2: Cut the large log into four equal pieces

These will be the legs of your bird station. Be creative as possible, but cut carefully, and use the right tools for the job.

You can use a saw or a chainsaw for this step. Make sure the cuts are straight and even.

Step 3: Drill holes in the smaller log

DIY Rustic Bird Feeder Station - Complete Tutorial: a basic wooden open-faced bird feeding station hanging from a tree.

Alternatively, attach each wooden piece together with screws and metal guards

(after the glue dries)

This will be the main feeder of your bird station. You can use a drill with a spade bit to make holes along the length of the log.

The holes should be about 1 inch in diameter and spaced about 4 inches apart. You can make as many holes as you like, depending on how many birds you want to feed.

Step 4: Attach the smaller log to the legs

You can use a hammer and nails to secure the smaller log horizontally on top of the four legs.

Make sure the log is centered and balanced.

Step 5: Cut the wood planks into smaller pieces

These will be the roofs of your bird station. You can use a saw to cut the wood planks into pieces that are about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide.

You will need eight pieces in total. If possible, make an extra one or two – because, accidents happen!

Step 6: Attach the roofs to the feeder

You can use a hammer and nails to attach two pieces of wood on each end of the feeder, forming a triangular roof.

Make sure the roofs are aligned and cover the holes.

Step 7: Decorate your bird station

DIY Rustic Bird Feeder Station - Complete Tutorial: add whatever details you want to finish your bird station feeder - this one is red, like a small barn with two birds landing on it.

Add whatever color paint and designs that you want to make your bird feeding station unique (or leave it plain!)

This is the fun part! You can use paint, stain or varnish to give your bird station some color and personality.

You can also add some twine or rope to hang some ornaments or bells from the roofs.

Step 8: Fill your bird station with birdseed

You can use any kind of birdseed you like, but make sure it is suitable for the birds in your area.

You can also add some water bowls or birdbaths for extra hydration.

Step 9: Place your bird station in your backyard

You can use some stakes or rocks to secure your bird station on the ground.

Make sure it is in a spot that is visible and accessible for the birds, but also safe from predators and harsh weather.

Step 10: Enjoy your bird station

DIY Rustic Bird Feeder Station - Complete Tutorial: a finished product - it is basic, with green body, blue roof, and colorful polkadots on the top.

Watch as your feathered friends flock to your rustic bird station and enjoy their meal. You can also take some pictures or videos of them and share them with your friends and family.

Congratulations! You have just made a DIY rustic bird station with logs and untreated wood. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy birdwatching!


What materials do I need to make a rustic bird feeder station?

To make a rustic bird feeder station, you will need wood boards, screws, a drill, a saw, a bird feeder, and other decorative elements such as rope or twine, hooks, and paint or stain.

What kind of wood should I use for the bird feeder station?

Cedar, redwood, and pressure-treated pine are all good choices for outdoor projects like bird feeder stations. These woods are durable and weather-resistant, which is important for an outdoor project that will be exposed to the elements.

How do I build the bird feeder station?

There are many different designs for bird feeder stations, but a basic one involves creating a vertical pole with a horizontal platform at the top for the bird feeder. Cut your wood boards to the desired lengths, then drill holes and attach them together with screws. Once you have the basic structure, you can add decorative elements like hooks for hanging plants or birdhouses, and paint or stain the wood to give it a rustic look.

How high should I place the bird feeder?

The bird feeder should be placed at a height that is easily accessible to birds but out of reach of predators like cats or squirrels. A height of 5-6 feet off the ground is a good starting point, but you may need to adjust the height based on the type of birds in your area and any obstacles like trees or buildings.

How do I maintain the bird feeder station?

Regular maintenance is important to keep your bird feeder station in good condition and attract birds to your yard. Clean the feeder and platform regularly to prevent mold or bacteria growth, and refill the feeder with fresh seed or nectar as needed. Check the structure of the feeder station periodically to make sure it is secure and stable.

Can I customize my bird feeder station?

Yes, you can customize your bird feeder station with decorative elements like paint, stain, or rope or twine. You can also add hooks or other features to accommodate different types of feeders or birdhouses. Let your creativity guide you to create a unique and attractive addition to your yard.

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