How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

September has been a crazy month. However, with the kids in school now, it’s time to get back to business. And since it’s the 15th, that means it’s time for another installment of The Home Depot Gift Challenge. Today, I am sharing How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder and the best part is that it isn’t ridiculously hard to make if you have a few tools on hand!

Check out the other fun projects in the challenge at the end of this post and let us know what you think of our bird feeder!

Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

In the past, we’ve shared 10 Minute Rope Curtain Ties, 2×4 Artwork, a Pegboard Luminary, Wood Box Caddy, and an Industrial Book Rack. If you remember, a different item is chosen from The Home Depot by one of our group members and then we each make a gift to be given to a different recipient each month. Luckily for me, this month’s gift is for ourselves. Woohoo!

This challenge is in no way associated with The Home Depot. We just love their stuff!

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I was inspired to create a wine bottle bird feeder from a pin I saw on Pinterest (How to Make a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration) and modified the design to my liking.

Supplies List:

8 foot 1″x2″ pine furring strip
4″x6″ 4 Ft Poplar Hobby Board
3″-5″ Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp
750 ML Wine Bottle
Table Saw (Or have the nice people at The Home Depot make the cuts for you!)
Miter Saw or Miter Box (and Hand Saw)
Drill (This is our favorite!)
Clamps (Optional)
Wood Glue (Or nails/screws if the feeder will get wet)

Cut List (from left to right below):

2 – 1″×2″ Furring Strips at 3 5/8″ (the sides)
1 – 1″×2″ Furring Strip at 4 5/8″ (the back)
1 – 1″×2″ Furring Strip at 6″ (the front)
2 – 1″x2″ Furring Strips at 6″ (the roof) with a 45° cut at one end of each
2 – 1″x2″ Furring Strips at 12″ (the vertical sides) with a 45° cut at one end of each

1 – Poplar Hobby Board at 6″×6″
1 – Poplar Hobby Board at 6″×13 1/2″ with a 45° cuts on both sides of one end

Wood Cuts

Ok, I’m sure reading all of those supplies and cuts may have you feeling overwhelmed, but trust me, you can do this and it won’t be that bad. Here are the furring strips and a view of how they will be glued together.

Bird Feeder Layout

If you are using clamps, this will go faster, but I opted not to. Everything still stuck together just fine. (If you are worried about things holding up, feel free to screw/nail your pieces together after they are glued.)

To begin, place the 4 5/8″ furring strip between the bottom back of the two 12″ furring strips and glue. After that, continue to glue piece by piece, next attaching the two 6″ strips to each other on the angle, then to the top of the 12″ pieces. Finish up with the two 3 5/8″ side pieces glued to the 12″ furring strips and the 6″ piece added to the front of the 3 5/8″ strips. Sound confusing? Yes, the wording probably is, but please refer back to the photos above or below.

Wood Glue

Next, glue the cut poplar hobby board pieces to the back and bottom of the frame.

Wood Pieces

Lookin’ pretty good!

Bird Feeder Assembly

Then, use the drill with a small drill bit to create two slits (I did 3 holes in a line for each) in the back of the feeder for the hose clamp to go through. The clamp will go around the wine bottle and through the back where you will be able to adjust the tightness.

Hose Clamp Attachment

After that, paint or stain your feeder. I chose white paint (shocker) and once everything was dry, I added the wine bottle with birdseed. To place it, turn the feeder upside down insert the bottle through the hose clamp and tighten it on the back, leaving just a few centimeters between neck of the bottle and the bottom of the bird feeder.

Bird Feeder Food

Doesn’t it look cool!?! I placed ours on top of an outdoor shelf on our fence, but you could easily add some hardware to hang it or attach a stake to the back and place it in the ground. Hopefully, we get some sweet birdies to come and visit, however, I’m sure the squirrels are plotting their bird feed takeover.

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Check out the other super fun projects in this challenge by clicking on the images below!

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23 thoughts on “How To Build A Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

  1. Lindi

    I LOVE this project ladies! It seriously turned out amazing! I love that it will just refill itself too (until it’s empty). Thanks for the tutorial – luckily the tools and cutting doesn’t scare me!

  2. Holly

    This is so cute! I love that you painted it white and used a clear bottle… I think the mixtures of seed are always really pretty. I would like to offer one small suggestion if I may. Take the smallest drill bit you have (smaller than the seed you’re using) and drill some holes, 5 or 6, in the base of the feeder in case of rain. The water will then drain through the seed and it won’t turn soggy and moldy. Can’t wait to make this one… maybe I’ll be able to get some use out of all these blue wine bottles I’ve collected!

  3. Darlajean Moore

    Question do you cut the bottom of the wine bottle off to replace the seeds, or do you you get a funnel and pour the seeds in it?

  4. Diena Cameron

    Hi Erin, i just came across your blog through “Designer trapped in a lawyers body” and i adore your Chandelier for the closet. The only part I am having trouble with is the ceiling hooks, not sure exactly what that is. Would you happen to have a picture of one ?? I have been doing alot of diy”s but it’s a first for me on the ceiling hooks unless you’re talking about the hooks that people use to hang the access chain from a hanging lamp maybe ?? Thanks for any info and I I signed up so I can catch you all the time now. Thanks again.

  5. Elizabeth LaPointe

    I don’t understand why drill 3 holes in the back panel. can you show a pic of the back of bird feeder please?

    1. Erin Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      At the time, I did not own a jig saw, so the 3 holes (one on top of the next, overlapping just a bit) were just a way to make an opening big enough for the clamp to fit through. There is a photo in the post of the back with the clamp right below the description about drilling the holes.


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