I’ve been wanting to make a sieve bird feeder ever since I found two vintage sieves that I shared in this Finds of the Week post, which seems like an eternity ago.
I really needed to take a break from wind chime making so I decided now was as good a time as any.
After a quick look into my now organized craft room stashes I found everything I needed to make my strainer or sieve bird feeder.
I found a vintage aluminum pie plate, a necklace from my necklace window valance, a saved handle from a long ago deconstructed tiered stand, and of course my vintage sieve.
I’m also using some silver-tone split rings, which I always have on hand, to put this bird feeder together.
I marked where I wanted the four holes to be on both the sieve and the pie plate, and then I drilled them.
Since I’m a totally winging it kind of gal I just did this by eyeballing, but you could certainly measure if you like.
Always make sure to wear safety eye protection when drilling.
I did measure and mark the centre hole where my handle will go.
First I used the 3/32″ bit that I always have on my drill for wind chime making. When drilling a larger hole into metal it helps to start with a smaller bit, and then move on to a larger one.
Like I did here.
I added jump rings through the holes in the sieve and the pie plate.
It was a little challenging to get them around the rim of the pie plate, but pliers helped.
I took the necklace apart with pliers and divided it into four equal sections. I chose this necklace because it has very strong links and I think it’ll be able to carry the weight of the feeder.
Before I added the necklace sections I decided not to use the big links at the ends. It made them just too long for my liking.
After I attached the necklace sections to the jump rings I laid the sieve on top of the pie plate to match up the holes to add the sections to the pie plate jump rings.
The pie plate sort of acts like a roof, giving the bird feed a little protection from the rain.
I attached the handle through the hole using the screw that came with it and it’s done.
I hung it out on the back deck and added some mixed bird seed to the sieve. It holds the seed very nicely, and when it gets wet I think it’ll dry out much faster than a traditional bird feeder because it has drainage and aeration.
These three large chandelier crystals add some bling, but they also act as some weight at the bottom to help balance the feeder.
This is the first hanging bird feeder I’ve made and I’m curious to see how this one compares to the traditional store bought ones that we already have out for our feathered friends.
I rushed home from work last night to take these pics before dark so I haven’t had a chance to see if any birds have discovered it yet.
I’m hoping they like it. Fingers crossed! 🙂
If you enjoy feeding the bird you might enjoy making a quick and easy tiered stand bird feeder.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.