Bird feeders play an important role in the supplemental feeding of backyard birds. In fact, you can use a bird feeder to attract beautiful species of birds to your own backyard, while also contributing to the good nutrition of the local bird population. The birds will keep coming back year after year, as long as you keep supplying a food source. There is no need to run out and purchase costly bird feeders, a mason jar and some heavy gauge craft wire can get your bird café up and running.
Choose a mason jar. The Mason jar can be any size for this project, and it must also have a secure lid. However, it is important to keep in mind that the size of the bird feeder will affect the gauge of the wire that is needed to support it. Furthermore, bear in mind that the bird seed will add to the weight of the feeder.
Clean the Mason jar using hot, soapy water. It is also a good idea to sanitize the Mason jar. You can do this by adding a teaspoon of household bleach to the soapy water and allowing the Mason jar to sit in the solution for at least a minute. Rinse and allow the Mason jar to air dry.
Place a quarter on the top of the Mason jar lid, and trace it with a marker. Use a metal drill bit to pierce a hole in the center of the circle that you just traced. Use a pair of metal snips to cut open the remainder of the hole, minus the bottom. Only three quarters of the metal circle will be cut from the lid. The uncut bottom will act as an anchor, so that the circle can be bent open like a flap. The open flap will act as a bird perch as well as, an opening for the bird to get at the bird see
Wrap the center of the bird feeder with 12 gauge craft wire. Your Mason jar bird feeder will hang vertically, so wrapping the wire around the center of the jar will act as a support to hang the feeder. Begin by wrapping the wire several inches from the mouth of the jar, continuing to wrap the wire around the middle until it is several inches from the bottom of the jar.
Wrap the wire a few more times to bring it back towards the dead center. Wrapping the wire in this way will ensure that the Mason jar is balanced while it is hanging. Leave one to two feet of wire remaining after you wrap the Mason jar. The remaining wire can be bent into a hook to hang the feeder from a tree.
Unscrew the lid of the jar and fill the feeder with wild bird seed. Replace the lid and make sure that it is secure, with the flap open. Hang the Mason jar bird feeder in a tree. Refill the Mason jar with seeds as needed
If you find that blackbirds are making better use of your bird feeder than the smaller song birds and colorful cardinals and blue jays, it may be because the blackbirds are scaring them away. Choose seeds that do not contain Milo, which blackbirds love. Blackbirds are also big fans of sunflower seeds. So, choose a bird feed that contains safflower seeds instead.
Be careful when you are cutting the hole in the center of the Mason jar lid. The metal can be very sharp and could cut your skin. It is a good idea to wear a pair of work gloves when you are cutting the hole.