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DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House

DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House

DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House

My husband and I absolutely love finding fun projects that we can do together, just the two of us. A few months ago we decided to cancel DirecTV which left us with an obsolete satellite dish mounted to a steel post in our front yard. We removed the dish from the post and then needed to decide what to do with the post itself.

We could:

  1. Dig around the base and saw off the post below ground, then cover it with dirt and never see it again.
  2. Leave it alone and have an ugly post to stare at.
  3. Mount a bird feeder on top of it.

Number 3 it is! We start brain storming and I suggest the idea of making a custom feeder that looks just like our house. It is only a year and a half old and I still have the floor plans and elevation page. A picture of our real house can be seen if you scroll all the way to the bottom of this page.

floor plans and house elevation pages

This isn’t technically a “How To” tutorial so I will just explain how we did it. Now, neither of is us a math wiz and we needed to figure out what measurements to build the bird feeder at. I’m still not completely sure how we managed to get it figured out, but we have a finished product so it worked out in the end. We made a couple of small changes just to make it easier to build. For instance, the back of the bird feeder is a straight wall with no windows and you can see from the floor plan picture that our real house is a little different from that.

floor plan page on a wood board with tape measure, square, and level
small scale wood garage
small scale partially built house walls and garage on a work bench

We built it out of 3/8 inch plywood. We bought way more than we needed and ended up with more throw away pieces than usable ones because we aren’t professional woodworkers either. We cut pieces which didn’t always work and went back to the drawing board. But that’s what makes projects so fun, right?

front of house made out of wood with paint on it, paper plate with paint brushes on it

We cut out the windows and used Plexiglas to see the seed through them. We cut out the doors and placed inset doors for dimensional detail. The garage door has slats cut into it for effect also. Inside the house, a wall divides the garage area from the house area. We have a slanted floor added to the house side so the seeds can slide down and out to the front yard.

partially built and painted house walls and garage

Then we painted, re-painted, and touched up the paint several times. We are also not artists. Remind me again why we chose this project? Ha!

small scale painted house partially finished bird feeder

Check out the stacked stone detail, all free-hand painted by me. I’m tickled with how it turned out!

finished front of small scale house bird feeder with bird seed

We left an inch of space open underneath the front of the house for seed to come out of, excluding the front porch space and garage space. There is a tray under the house with a lip built all the way around to keep seed in. We also added a box underneath for mounting to the pole with a lag bolt drilled through to keep the whole thing from spinning on the pole.

DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House mounted on a pole in the front yard

I am happy to report that lots of birds are using it already!

DIY Custom Bird feeder Modeled After Our House using our floor plans

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    April 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    This is officially my favourite bird feeder ever! It’s really cool and it’s made even better by the fact you and your husband built it yourselves. For people who don’t consider themselves math whizzes or artistic, you both did a really good job.

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      April 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you Mel, it was really fun to work on!

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    April 9, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    It is beautiful. The best part is no TV, and working together.

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      April 9, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Kathy and very true, not missing the TV at all which means more quality time together.

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    Samantha Lindley
    April 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    This is amazing! Never mind the little differences, what you have built is incredible. You may not be a maths wiz, but the idea of working with those measurements just makes my mind boggle! It seems like you and your husband truly do enjoy quality time. Well done on creating the cutest bird feeder!

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      April 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you Samantha! Watching us figure it all out was probably hilarious, haha!

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    Grace Hitt
    April 9, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I would say that the two of you did a fantastic job on your birdfeeder. My late boyfriend was a contractor that built and remolded homes and I know he would say that you did it to “scale”, which is really hard to do. It looks wonderful and so does your freehand stone painting. You are truly a lady of many talents. And all your left over wood is just a good start for your next project, lol.

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      April 9, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Grace, Thank you for all your kind words! Good point about the left over wood, or it will make great firewood for a bonfire too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Janet Yarwood
    April 10, 2017 at 4:41 am

    This is just amazing! I don’t know how you can say you’re not artistic after producing something like that. I’d say you were pretty good at maths too, being able to scale it all down like that.

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      April 10, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Thank you Janet, it was fun to design and do it even with our lack of skills lol.

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    emma white
    April 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    oh now that is totally cute and an amazing idea my mother adores feeding the birds and this would be a brilliant idea for her to try out

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      April 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thank you very much Emma ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tanya Brannan
    April 10, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This is just simply amazing! A great idea to make use of the pole, but an even better one to copy your own house. Absolutely inspired!

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      April 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Tanya, I’m happy you feel inspired!

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    April 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    wow, this is amazing! so much detail. Very creative. I certainly don’t have the skills to do this myself.

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      April 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you very much Gemma ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Natasha Mairs
    April 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    oh wow!! This is definitely the best bird feeder I have ever seen!!! I bet this get loads of comments on from your friends and neighbours.

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      April 12, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Natasha! I am really enjoying all the birds visiting it, especially the cardinals ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lubka Henry
    April 13, 2017 at 5:21 am

    This is an amazing project and I can’t believe how beautiful the outcome is!

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      April 13, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Thank you Lubka!

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    Janice Potter
    June 16, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, this is so beautiful! One question though, what do you do when it rains? Wouldnโ€˜t water collect in the birdseed dish?

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      June 17, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Hi Janice, yes the seed can get wet if it rains and once or twice we actually had grass grow on the front lawn of the bird feeder, which was kind of funny to see. But, we did clean it out immediately and start with fresh seed when that happened. We definitely had to balance how much seed to add with how quickly the seed was being eaten to prevent that from happening. Placing this bird feeder under a covered porch would be the best option for keeping rain out. Thanks for your question ๐Ÿ™‚

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