A DIY squirrel feeder is an inexpensive way to provide food for wildlife and entertainment for yourself. Squirrels are fascinating to watching as they scurry around the yard and climb trees. Once they discover the feeder you have built for them, they will return time and time again.
A DIY squirrel feeder can be built with designer flare to display your own personal flare, or one can be built with minimal effort. Check out these 12 feeders to get an idea of what you would like to build and free plans that will show you how to create your favorite squirrel feeder.
1- DIY Under Glass Squirrel Feeder
This design uses a removable glass jar in which the food is placed. The squirrel is enticed by the food and limbs inside the glass jar to eat. This will provide you with a bird’s eye view of what the animal is doing, plus hours of entertainment. Squirrel Under Glass is a fun feeder that has a wooden base that is attached to a tree and the easy to remove (and replaceable) glass jar that holds the food.
2- Table and Chair Squirrel Feeder
Use these free plans to create a table for one. An adorable design that looks good even when a squirrel is not eating a meal. This homemade squirrel feeder features a small table and chair for the animal’s dining pleasure. A nail in the center of the table holds an ear of corn upright while the squirrel gnaws away at the kernels. Paint or water seal the wood and it will last for years.
3- Jar Squirrel Feeder
If you would like to build a squirrel feeder but have to DIY skills, then this design is for you. There is no drilling, cutting, measuring or other building knowledge needed. A large mouth glass jar, some wire and a wooden paint stick can be transformed into a fun DIY squirrel feeder. Be sure to place it where you can see it so you can enjoy the squirrely dinner show.
4- Slinky DIY Squirrel Feeder
Here is another great idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder without using tools. A child’s slinky tools can be tied with a pipe cleaner to fashion a nut holder. The nut holder is suspended from a tree with a piece of twine. Total cost is under $2. Colorful and easy to re-fill, the squirrels will love it.
5- Choo-Choo Train Squirrel Feeder
This design is perfect for the experienced DIY’er and train enthusiast in your family. Wood, paint and a Mason jar can be transformed into this fun squirrel feeder with these free plans. Squirrels can board this fun red and black choo-choo train and have their own private Mason jar dining car for a meal of tasty nuts.
6- Pine Cone Squirrel Feeder
This is a fun squirrel bird feeder to create with your children. A great rainy day project that will provide hours of fun when the squirrels and bird show up to eat the peanut butter and birdseed meal that is stuck on the pine cones. Attract a wide array of bird species with these tasty food treats.
7- Fork DIY Squirrel Feeder
This homemade squirrel feeder can be created free with items you already have on hand — a wide mouth glass jar, wire and a fork. Attach the fork to the jar with wire so the animals will have a place to perch while they are feasting on the nuts placed inside the jar. The jar is attached to a fence post or any other outdoor structure with more wire.
8- Wine Bottle Squirrel Feeder
These detailed instruction will teach you how to recycle an old wine bottle into a fashionable squirrel feeder. Learn how to cut glass and wood to create a long lasting feeder that will attract squirrels and chipmunks. Use scrap wood so the project will cost you almost nothing. Paint or stain the wood to weather proof it.
9- Dinner and a Show Squirrel Feeder
This see-through squirrel feeder provides all onlookers with a show while the squirrels eats dinner. The clear glass jar mounted on a wood frame is easy to fill with nuts and will last a long time. Paint or stain the wood so it will be able to withstand the elements for years. Easy and inexpensive DIY project.
10- Basic DIY Squirrel Feeder
This basic diy feeder will attract squirrels over to your yard for a hearty meal. Easy DIY project is a great way to introduce your child to woodworking. Simple design and easy build. Load an ear of dried corn onto the bottom nail and watch the squirrels work on it until every last corn kernel is gone.
11- Squirrel Feeder House
To make squirrels your neighbors, follow these plans to build a welcoming squirrel house. the open-sided design can hold food and a squirrel comfortably. Paint it a fun color and put your squirrels name on it for a touch of whimsy. All your human neighbors will want you to build a squirrel house for them.
12- Toilet Paper Roll Squirrel Feeder
Instead of tossing out those cardboard toilet paper tubes, use this idea for creating a DIY squirrel feeder. Easy and inexpensive, smear peanut butter on the cardboard then roll it in birdseed. Tie a piece of twine or yarn on both ends and suspend it from a tree branch. Both squirrels and bird will find this an irresistible feast. A fun craft project for you and the kids and the squirrels will thank you.