DIY: Bird Feeder

by Amy Azzarito

Although I’m calling this a bird feeder for form’s sake, in my house, this is cat TV. I’ve seen the way my cats look longingly out the window wishing for a bird or two. For a moment, a pair of pigeons considered roosting on my air conditioner. But a quick google search assured me that I did not want to encourage this behavior so I gently convinced the pair to find another home – to the utter disappointment of my cats. I’ve been trying to think of a way to make it up to them. I decided to attempt a bird feeder and cross my fingers that I would attract something other than a pigeon. –Amy Azzarito

Photographs by Maxwell Tielman

See the full how-to after the jump!


  • 4 cups mixed bird seed
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 T. corn syrup
  • cooking spray
  • waxed paper
  • cookie cutters (we used these)
  • twine


  1. Combine birdseed, flour, water, and corn syrup in a mixing bowl.
  2. Spray cookies cutters and a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Using a spoon, pack the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters.
  4. Use a straw to poke a hole for the twine. (Leave the straw in the mixture)
  5. Let dry overnight. If the mixture is still wet, bake in the oven on the lowest setting for an hour or so.
  6. Hang outside for the birds!

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  • Is it necessary to use flour? Because I read online that bread is really bad for birds because it molds really quick. So can I make it without adding flour?

  • Corn syrup isn’t good for humans or birds. This does not look like a good recipe for birds.

    • Look at the rspb site. They use lard to hold it together. Not floud or corn syrup. I think they know what they’re talking about!