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17 DIY Platform Bird Feeder Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)

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Platform bird feeders are a great way to give yummy treats to your feathered friends while decorating your home in a beautiful way. Learning how to build platform bird feeders is the best because it means your home will stand out from the rest, complete with your own unique bird feeder.

To save you some time from having to look for the best free platform bird feeder plans, we have done the work for you. Below is a list of the most unique platform bird feeder plans that you can build today.

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The 17 DIY Platform Bird Feeder Plans

1. Bird Feeding Table by Instructables

Bird feeding table
Image By: Instructables

This reinvented bird feeder table is unique yet effective. The interesting leaf top protects the birdfeed from most wind and rain, all while housing a beautiful platform for the birds to stand on. All you’ll need is a trunk, waste wood, or a kitchen board, an Alubond-style aluminum composite panel, and a few more small pieces.

In the given plans, the bartworker provides wonderful pictures and clear instructions to help you follow along. This makes it a great choice for people who both like visual and written instructions. They even go as far as to show what the feeder looks in the daytime and night time.

2. Hexagonal Bird Table from Recycled Wood by Steve99and04

Hexagonal bird table
Image Credit: Instructables

Upgrade your boring bird feeder to a whimsical, elf-like home for your guests. This wonderful bird feeder uses recycled wood, screws, matches, glue, and malleable strips to create a hexagon roof to protect the seeds underneath.

Like in the first example, Steve99and04 provides wonderful pictures and detailed instructions to make it easy to follow along with the plan. The paragraph instructions are especially helpful in this plan because Steve99and04 gives a more personal narrative about what worked and what didn’t work.

3. Wooden Bird Feeder by AOK Corral

Wooden bird feeder
Image Credit: aokcorral

If you like a more traditional platform bird feeder, then you will love this Wooden Bird Feeder by AOK Corral. This bird feeder has a classic home look, complete with a hand-painted exterior, which makes the bird feeder look homey and comfortable.

The instructions are concise yet thorough enough to be clearly understood. They even include detailed descriptions of what colors are needed per each item painted on the bird feeder’s exterior. Though there aren’t pictures with every step, the instructions are detailed enough to make up for the lack of pictures.

4. Paper Plate Holder Bird Feeder by Dollar Store Crafts

Plate holder bird feeder
Image Credit: dollarstorecrafts

Another shockingly affordable platform bird feeder is this Paper Holder Bird Feeder by Dollar Store Crafts. This bird feeder only costs mere dollars to make, and you might already have most of the needed parts at your home. According to the website, you can make this bird feeder for under $5!

The directions with this plan aren’t as thorough as some of the others, but that is largely because of how simple this design is. Simply by looking at the pictures, most people would be able to figure out the construction on their own. Dollar Store Crafts does offer some written explanation and instructions for guidance, though.

5. Flower Homemade Birdbath by Birds & Blooms

Simple homemade birdbath
Image Credit: birdsandblooms

This plan is technically for a birdbath, but you could easily use it as a platform bird feeder instead. It is completely up to you. This Flower Homemade Birdbath by Birds & Blooms is absolutely stunning and does not look homemade at all. Still, it is easy enough for just about anyone to construct.

The instructions are highly detailed, separated with easy to follow step by step directions. Each step has a picture to show exactly what was done. Just about anyone can follow these instructions and make this stunning birdbath in no time.

6. Yard Art Rusty Metal Bird Feeder by Rustic Refined

Rusty bird feeder
Image Credit: Rustic-refined

This bird feeder designed by Rustic Refined is a great choice for someone who has spare metal sitting around or loves the rustic look, as implied through the site’s name. This platform bird feeder is absolutely stunning, and it will look great in any front yard or backyard. It requires more extensive experience in metal work, though.

The plan comes with plenty of pictures and instructions. Even though you will need to do some scrap metal work, the construction is really simple other than that. Rustic Refined adds a lot of pictures so you can see it from different angles, one features a cute little bird already inside!

7. Soup Bowl Bird Feeding Station by sirmorrow

Bird feeding station
Image Credit: Instructables

Most people have an old soup bowl or teacup lying around. This bird feeder designed by sirmorrow utilizes this simple part, as well as pipe and some glue, to make a super dainty but attractive bird feeding station.

We really like this plan because the instructions are pretty extensive and come with many pictures, despite it being a relatively simple plan. This makes it easy to follow along and get the best results. You can easily finish this project in a couple of hours, if not sooner.

8. Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder by Tonya Staab

Popsicle stick bird feeder
Image Credit: tonyastaab

If you are looking for a fun project to do with your young children, then you might be interested in this Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder by Tonya Staab. This plan includes some other features not related to the bird feeder, but it does give you some advice on to how to turn this bird feeder making get together into a real party.

The instructions are super easy to follow and all of the parts are child friendly and easy to get. Tonya adds pictures of herself, her children, and their friends making their own bird feeders with this method. According to the pictures, the children really love it, and it can hold quite a bit of birdfeed at one time.

9. 15-Minute Wild Bird Feeder by Ludvicka

15-minute wild bird feeder
Image Credit: Instructables

This 15-Minute Wild Bird Feeder is absolutely stunning and, as you probably figured by its name, super easy to make. The platform is wide enough that multiple birds like landing on it, and it is affordable.

As with most other options on this list, the instructions are very extensive, complete with multiple pictures. Out of the plans on this list, this one seems to be one of the more popular online, complete with nearly 14,000 views. Some commentors also note that the design may help ward away pesky squirrels.

10. Bird Table Home by Mark Ellis

Bird table home
Image Credit: Instructables

The last plan in this list is the Bird Table Home by Mark Ellis. This plan is absolutely adorable, complete with enough room for all of the neighborhood birds. Unlike many of the other plans on this list, the instructions are not written. Instead, Mark describes the process in a video.

The video is very helpful for those who are visual learners, but you may need to pause or rewind. Still, the explanation and examples are pretty extensive. Just be prepared to press the pause button while you work.

11. Simple Platform Bird Feeder by Scout Life

Simple Platform Bird Feeder by Scout Life
Image Credit: Scout Life

If you’re looking for a simple platform bird feeder that you can easily build, this one from Scout’s Life should be near the top of your list. The design is easy enough for children to build (with limited supervision), so it’s an excellent option for beginners.

Even better, birds love it, so you’ll be able to enjoy the view of birds coming to visit your feeder day after day for months!

12. Platform Bird Feeder with Post by Birdwatching Bliss

Platform Bird Feeder with Post by Birdwatching Bliss
Image Credit: Birdwatching Bliss

This is another super simple and effective platform DIY birdfeeder you can build with limited technical know-how. It uses a mesh screen as the base, so you don’t need to worry about cleaning it quite as often, and it comes with instructions to build the base so it has everything you need to put it together!

13. Hanging Platform Bird Feeder by The Home Depot

Hanging Platform Bird Feeder by The Home Depot
Image Credit: The Home Depot

If you’re looking to build something yourself, what better source is there than The Home Depot? This DIY guide for a hanging platform bird feeder plan walks you through every step to build it, and since it’s coming from The Home Depot, you can get everything you need to build it from them!

It’s a quick project that’s great for beginners, but it looks so wonderful that it’s also a good option for experts!

14. Simple Hanging Platform Bird Feeder by Birds & Blooms

Simple Hanging Platform Bird Feeder by Birds & Blooms
Image Credit: Birds & Blooms

You’re not going to find a simpler hanging platform bird feeder than this one from Birds & Blooms. The material list is a bit long, but that’s only because it covers everything you need to build it. This guide is extremely comprehensive, and it’s one of the most affordable options on this list.

You and the birds will love this simply hanging platform bird feeder, and your bank account is going to love that you went with this plan too!

15. Garbage Can Lid Platform Bird Feeder by Hobby Farms

Garbage Can Lid Platform Bird Feeder by Hobby Farms
Image Credit: Hobby Farms

If you’re like us, you already have a bunch of junk in your shed you need to find ways to reuse. That’s the brilliance of this garbage can lid platform bird feeder. It makes use of an old garbage can lid and a round grill grate to build a durable and reliable DIY bird feeder that you’ll love.

This is all about repurposing things you already have, but if you need a few of the supplies the final product is well worth it.

16. Platform Bird Feeder with Roof by How To Specialist

Platform Bird Feeder with Roof by How To Specialist
Image Credit: How To Specialist

The great thing about this platform bird feeder is that it has a roof. While that might not seem like much, it helps keep away some of the larger birds and ensures that mild rains don’t completely drench the feed.

You also can’t deny that adding the roof simply makes it look great, and that’s a big factor for most people! It’s a little more complicated to build because of it, but this DIY guide from the How To Specialist does a great job of breaking down everything you need to do to build it.

17. Decorative Platform Bird Feeder by Art Room Happenings

Decorative Platform Bird Feeder by Art Room Happenings
Image Credit: Art Room Happenings

While most of the DIY platform bird feeders on our list feature a very similar design and appearance, that’s not the case with this decorative platform bird feeder. You can follow this comprehensive guide to a T to get the same result, but part of the appeal of this design from Art Room Happenings is how you can customize it.

No matter what final appearance you’re looking for, this platform bird feeder lets you get there and gives you the exact look you want!

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning how to build a platform birdhouse or that these plans have sparked some creative ideas for your next birdhouse. If you go with one of the designs on this list, remember to make it your own by incorporating your own preferences and designs. Good luck!

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