Tin Can Bird Feeder

This project is a great way to up-cycle your tin cans.

All you need is a few tools and you can create cute little bird feeders.

To decorate my feeder I used polka-dot tape and red hemp cord.

First punch a hole in the can with an awl…

Using a strong cutter (mine are Cutco scissors which can easily cut tin) cut a hole in the front…

I used a regular hole-punch to punch holes at the top of the can.

I wrapped the edges in tape so nobody’s beak get scratched!


I wrapped a soft piece of yellow yarn around the edges toward the back to make extra sure they were covered well.  I have a ‘thing’ about rough metal edges…they make me nervous!

With needle-nose plyers, I folded this piece in half and pinched it down…

Then I made another hole with the awl and stuck an old golf tee in it, adding a little glue around the hole.




And here’s a little trick to keep the bird-seed from spilling out of the hole when you hang your feeder.  Take a plastic medicine cup and hot-glue it on the inside of the can, right above the hole.

Be sure and cover the top of your feeder, too.  I used some netting I had, held on by a rubber band.

Fill your feeder with seed and enjoy some new  feathered guests in your yard!

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Don’t forget to hop over and ‘like’ my FB page. I post photos and drawings of ideas on my page that I don’t post here.



On the Music Player:  The Austin Troubadorsa local group based here in Austin, TX, specializing in music from the Middle Ages and Rennaisance.  This track is called “Pessamezzo” found on their first CD,  “Meditarranean Journey”.



  1. This is so clever and adorable!

  2. I love it! The birds are going to love you~

  3. Fantastic idea!!! Absolutely love this feeder!!! Thanks for sharing your creative talents!!! ~Sophia

  4. Hi Scarlett .. what a lovely idea – very creative .. and I bet the birds appreciate the extra seeds that are readily available ..

    I’m going to send the music details to a friend here in England who performs medieval music here (with her husband and son) .. and also to a friend in Austin .. thanks so much – always enjoy your music suggestions ..

    Cheers Hilary

  5. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely darling! I love it. I think this will be a perfect summer project for my kids and I. SO creative! 🙂

  6. Christine ng

    Don’t the squirrels feast instead? Ours eat anything!

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