If you enjoy watching wildlife, a homemade deer feeder will bring the wildlife closer to you for observation. Fill the feeder with treats and you will be able to watch deer, turkey, and other animals feed and interact with one another.
A homemade deer feeder like one of the 13 listed below will attract a lot of attention and get many visitors. Deer are creatures of habit and will return over and over again to a food source.
These homemade deer feeder ideas will show you how to build a feeder on a small budget. You will be enabling the deer to eat healthier diets so they can reproduce and you will get the enjoyment of watching these majestic creatures.
1- Covered Deer Feeder
This covered deer feeder is easy to build and it will keep the feed dry until all of it has been eaten.
The larger size and stand alone design makes this wild game feeder ideal for attracting various forms of wildlife. The wide bottom tray allows you to put corn, grain, salt lick, and hay in it at the same time. The more variety of food that is offered, the more variety of wildlife will show up to eat.
A covered homemade deer feeder like this one will keep the wildlife food protected from the weather so nothing will be wasted. You can fill the feeder with lots of treats and not have to worry about re-stocking it for several days. The deer and other wildlife will appreciate the covering that keeps their head dry while they eat.
These free plans provide step by step instructions so you can easily build one of these DIY deer feeders.
2- PVC Deer Feeder
Here is a budget friendly deer feeder that requires no carpentry skills to build. This homemade deer feeder is made from PVC pipe and attached to a tree with wire. It’s simple design, cheap to make, and deer will love it.
This is a very simple DIY project that will only take a few minutes to build and cost less than $10. These free plans will show you how to make a cheap homemade deer feeder so you can enjoy watching deer in their natural habitat.
You can create several of these if you have a large piece of property so you can get a good view of deer from different locations. These DIY deer feeders would also make a good gift for family and friends that live in a wooded area.
3- Wooden Box With Bin
These deer feeder plans will show you how to build a basic wooden box structure that has a storage bin on top. The storage bin is filled with food and as the deer eat from the bottom, fresh food drops down from the top. The removable lid on top makes filling the bin easy.
A salt lick or mineral block can be placed in the deer feeder instead of corn or grain. All types of wildlife will be attracted to this wooden feeder box. If you have some scrap lumber on hand the cost to build this will be almost nothing.
4- Barrel Deer Feeder
This barrel deer feeder is so easy and inexpensive to build and will attract a lot of attention from wildlife.
A plastic 55-gallon barrel and a few pieces of lumber can be used to create a long-lasting DIY deer feeder. This YouTube video will take you through the building process so you can make one for your landscape.
The roof will keep most of the rain water out of the feeding trough, but drill a few holes in the bottom so rain water can drain through and not cause the grain to ruin. You can also place a trail camera on the side so you can capture up-close videos or pictures of the deer as they eat.
5- Five Gallon Bucker Feeder
A five gallon bucket can easily be transformed into a hanging deer feeder with this unique idea.
These plastic buckets are cheap and can be bought at any building supply center. A wooden dowel, piece of rope, and screw are the other component needed for this DIY project.
This homemade deer feeder can be made in 15-minutes. Fill it with corn or other grain, hang it up from a sturdy tree limb and the deer will arrive shortly afterward to feed. You don’t have to have carpentry skills or a big budget, just a bucket and a rope.
There are a few other designs that can be used to create a feeder with a five gallon bucket, but this is the simplest and cheapest.
6- Down Spout Deer Feeder And Food Recipe
An inexpensive down spout used for a home guttering system makes an ideal and cheap deer feeder.
Place the large end of the spout at the top and add gutter connections to the bottom to create a narrow end so the grain won’t pour out. Attach the down spout to a tree with wire or screws and fill it with one of the recipes included with these free plans.
Corn, oats, and molasses make a tasty and wholesome treat for deer. Stale bread, honey, and molasses will also make an irresistible treat for deer. Making this feeder is cheap and the homemade recipes for deer food make keeping the feeder full inexpensive and easy too.
7- PVC Pipe Feeder
Simple and affordable to make, this DIY deer feeder is made from PVC pipe and will last for years.
These free plans include a video and written instructions so the build will go smoothly even if you have never built anything before. No cutting is required but you might need to use a drill.
Spray paint the finished deer feeder with camo paint and it will blend in with the surrounding landscape.
The large PVC pipe won’t need to be re-filled daily so you can rest and enjoy watching the deer eat with minimal work or expense.
8- Hanging Deer Feeder
These free plans will show you how to recycle a five gallon bucket and a tin can into a new hanging deer feeder.
The five gallon bucket holds the corn or grain and the tin can hangs from the bottom to catch the attention of the passing deer. When the deer come by to investigate and nudge the tin can, some of the feed inside the bucket will drop out.
When the deer discover they get free food each time they nudge the tin can they will come around often and stay a long time.
9- Covered Deer Trough
It gets tough for deer and other wildlife to find enough food to survive during the winter and a deer feeder like this will help keep them well fed.
These free detailed plans will show you how to build a covered deer trough that will help nourish the deer during the cold winter months. The large trough holds plenty of food so it will only need refilling every 5-6 days.
If you have basic carpentry skills and a small budget, download this PDF file that contains all the building plans. You can build this covered trough in one weekend and it will last for years.
10- Gravity Feeder
Watch this YouTube video to learn how to build a homemade deer feeder that uses gravity to keep the corn flowing downward.
A 55 gallon barrel, either plastic or metal, is used for this DIY project. The barrel is placed up on metal legs so the deer can go under the barrel feeder to get to the corn. A salt lick can be placed under it to provide an extra treat for the deer and other wildlife. A mineral block will also help keep the deer healthy.
11- Homemade Barrel Feeder
Here’s another idea for creating a DIY deer feeder with a 55-gallon barrel. This detailed YouTube video will show you how to recycle a metal 55-gallon barrel into a functional deer feeder. This is a great idea for a small budget project and it will provide plenty of corn for the deer.
The digital feeder kit that is attached to the bottom is affordable and available at hunting supply centers. It will release the corn as needed so it won’t be wasted when wildlife is not near the feeder.
If you have a metal barrel and some metal poles, the cost for building this barrel feeder will be very low. Plus you’ll be doing a good deed by recycling metal and feeding the wildlife.
12- PVC Feeder
One 10-feet piece of PVC pipe can make two homemade deer feeders. Use the PVC pipe that is 6-inches in diameter and you will create a large sized deer feeder that holds lots of corn. You won’t have to refill it often and the deer won’t get spooked by your presence or human scent.
This is a budget friendly building project and these free plans will show you how to build this PVC feeder step by step. A pictorial guide and written instructions are included in this building manual that is in PDF format.
If you have PVC pipe leftover from another project the cost of this DIY project will be very good for a small budget.
13- Plastic Barrel Feeder
This YouTube video will show you how to build a gravity deer feeder using a plastic barrel. The barrel feeder costs less than $20 to build and is great for a small budget.
The barrel feeder has a PVC pipe feeder on the bottom so the deer can easily access the corn or grain inside that is inside the barrel. The barrel can be suspended from a tree or it can be placed on wooden legs to get it off the ground.
The 55 gallon plastic barrel holds plenty of corn or grain to keep the deer well fed for several days. The cheap building costs leaves more money for you to spend on corn to put into the feeder.
Remember to put a few drainage holes in the bottom of the plastic barrel feeder to allow rain water to escape. Paint the plastic barrel camo so it will blend in with the surrounding landscape.