Creating A Window Bird Feeder Creating A Window Bird Feeder
A window bird feeder is something that is purely for entertainment. Bird enthusiasts, or just those who like to see wildlife around their home, will love this type of feeder. They give an up-close and personal view of the birds as they enjoy the food you put out for them.
You have the option of buying a bird feeder from any department store or home center. However, you can enjoy your own handiwork, as well as the birds, when you build your own window bird feeder. Building a bird feeder is an easy project that is a great project for anyone regardless of skill level.
Step 1 - Measure and Cut Plexiglass
Measure the width of your window and divide it in half. This is going to be the length of your window bird feeder. For example, for a 32" window you will build a 16" bird feeder. Take your plexiglass and measure measure out a piece that is 16" long and 5" wide. This is the bottom of your feeder. Use your table saw outfitted with a carbide blade to cut out the plexiglass pieces. Wear gloves and eye protection while cutting out your pieces. Cut out one piece that is 16" by 10" for the back and a 16" by 6" piece for the front. These are going to be your back and front. Next, cut out your sides. These should be 6" high by 5" wide.
Step 2 - Drill Holes
You will need to have several holes drilled into the bottom of the feeder to allow for water to drain so it will not rot the bird seed. Use your drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit and drill 5 to 6 holes randomly on the bottom. You will also need to drill 2 holes on the back of the feeder to attach the suction cups to. Mark these with a marker and then drill them out. They should be about 1 inch from the top and 2 inches from either side.
Step 3 - Assemble Bird Feeder
Assemble the bird feeder one piece at a time to let the glue dry before adding another one. If you try to assemble the whole thing at one time it will create a mess of glue strings and make it difficult to keep everything straight. Apply a thin bead of glue along the bottom near the back. Attach the back piece directly on top of the bottom. Let dry according to the directions of the glue. Repeat with each side until it is fully assembled.
Step 4 - Install Suction Cups
Install the suction cups into the holes you drilled into the back of the feeder. Depending on the type you have, you will either slip in hooks to attach to the cups, or slide the back the suction cup directly into the hole.
Step 5 - Place Feeder on Window
Clean the window with glass cleaner and set the window bird feeder in place. Use a level and secure by pressing onto the suction cups. Fill the bottom of the feeder with small pebbles to aid in water drainage. Fill the remaining space with bird seed until it is about 1/2 inch from top.