Homemade Squirrel Feeder

Let the birds enjoy their treats by making special feeders just for squirrels.

By: Liz Elliott

It’s the perfect time of year to be filling your bird feeders, but what about those squirrels? Instead of letting them eat all the food and scare birds away, provide squirrels with a place of their own, and give your family a little entertainment at the same time!

Wide-mouth Mason jar and band
Crafting wire (or strong ribbon)
Spoon with a fairly flat handle


  1. Secure the band on the jar
  2. With the Mason jar upright, hold the spoon against it. The spoon’s handle should be pressed against the side, and its bowl should be up above the top of the jar. This will create a little ledge for the squirrels to stand on
  3. Wrap wire around the jar and spoon handle to secure them together
  4. Find a fence or tree for your feeder. Use more wire to attach it and hold it in place

Squirrel Food
Squirrels love walnuts, hickory nuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and peanuts with the shells on. Make sure you only give them raw, unsalted varieties.

Tip: Make sure you place your feeder where you can see it from a window. Watching the squirrels — and other animals — stop in and feast will be so much fun for the whole family. Meanwhile, your birds will be enjoying their own yummy treats!

Elizabeth and her pal, Candie, are co-founders of Craftbaby. Find their insight on anything — whether it's painting office walls pink (home décor), chasing after a messy toddler (parenting), creating because they’re too cheap (DIY) or cooking without wheat so they don't get puffy (recipes).


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