He Feeds A Wild Family For A Whole Month Using Scrap Wood And A Mason Jar!

by Paul Morris
Paul is a proud Southerner who enjoys long walks in the woods, sweet tea, and watching movies. He’s also an expert pastry chef and will share his rhubarb-berry pie recipe with just about anyone who asks. He loves America and playing with animals of all kinds. When he isn't writing about the things he loves most, you can find him in the great outdoors!

When one man discovered how to feed a whole family for a month by just using a simple Mason jar I was floored!

Everyone loves a good “Do It Yourself” project. Whether it be an amazing clawfoot bathtub sofa or something a bit more on the simple side, there’s just something so neat about seeing someone come up with ingenious solutions using simple household products.

While this DIY project comes with a few steps, it’s definitely worth looking at, and it inspired me to do my own version to feed and play with our favorite feathered friends. I didn’t know where this project was going at first, but the end result was beautiful, simple, and most important of all: It was cheap! This project was so creative and unique that it actually won the guys at Rustic Wood a nationwide contest!

Let us know if you’d make something similar to this! It really shows how creative some people can really be! What a great weekend project!

Here’s what you’ll need…


  • Saw: If you don’t have a bandsaw, you can use a regular hand saw or a chainsaw.
  • Drill press or electric drill: For drilling rope holes and seed cups.
  • Drill bit (large): The bit should be a little larger than whatever rope you use so that the roof can slide up easily.
  • Drill bit (small) or punch: For drilling holes in metal ring. You could also use a punch.
  • Forstner or spade bit: To be used to drill the little cups that the seed falls into. The bigger the better. We used a 1-1/4″ forstner bit.
  • Hot glue gun: For securing the knots and hook.
  • Wire cutter: For cutting the wire
  • Pliers: For shaping the wire


  • Log: We used a 9″ diameter black ash log. You can go larger, but I wouldn’t go smaller in diameter.
  • Wide-mouth one-quart Mason jar with metal ring.
  • Screws: You will need four (4) small brass screws to secure the jar ring to base.
  • Sanding pad and/or sandpaper (optional): To sand off base and roof slightly.
  • Spar varnish: To be applied to roof only. You can either spray or paint it onto the roof. Spar varnish has UV protection and is perfect for wood that will be outside. Apply several coats.
  • Mineral oil: This will be applied to the base and must be bird-friendly. Food grade works best.
  • Rope: I used jute because of its rustic appearance. You can also use clothesline, poly cord, or chain.
  • Wire or coat hanger: Heavy gauge wire to make the hook or loop on top. You can also use a coat hanger.
  • Paper: One sheet of paper to make template for rope holes in the top and bottom.
  • Pencil: To mark on the wood for drilling. You can also use a magic marker like I did, but it is harder to sand off.

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Step One: Confirm you have all the supplies you need

bird house

Once you’ve double checked the list of tools, you’re ready to start!

Step Two: Cut the log

Step Two: Cut the log

Use a 9″ diameter log. For the base log of your project, a simple flat cut of about 2″ will work. For the roof, cut a 4″ thick piece. You can make the roof a 45-degree angle or you can go with a flat cut.

Step Three: Cut out your template for your rope holes

Step Three: Cut out your template for your rope holes

With a piece of paper, trace around the base of the log, cut it out when finished.

Step Four: Fold the paper into quarters

Step Four: Fold the paper into quarters

Then make a small hole at the bottom of your folded up paper.

Step Five: Mark your notches

Step Five: Mark your notches

Put the paper back over your log and make marks for drilling the holes for the rope to go through. Make sure the mason jar will fit between your marks!

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