Repurposed Vintage Sieve Bird Feeder

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.

supplies to make vintage sieve bird feeder

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.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

I marked where I wanted the four holes to be on both the sieve and the pie plate, and then I drilled them.

drilling holes into vintage pie plate to make bird feeder

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.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

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.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

Like I did here.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

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.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

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.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

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.

how to make a vintage sieve bird feeder

I attached the handle through the hole using the screw that came with it and it’s done.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

I hung it out on the back deck and added some mixed bird seed to the sieve. It holds the seed very nicely.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

These three large chandelier crystals add some bling, but they also act as some weight at the bottom to help  balance the feeder.

repurposed sieve birdfeeder

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.

If you enjoy feeding the bird you might enjoy making a quick and easy tiered stand bird feeder.

Don’t forget to pin it!

How to make a repurposed vintage sieve bird feeder

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. Oh my, Tuula–super duper upcycle. The birds are gonna love it, and they’ll feel so special eating from this beauty. It’s like a formal dining room for them!!

    1. Thanks Diana! I hope they agree. We do love our birds. 🙂

  2. Ut oh. I see one of these in my future!!! If yours works well, and the birds love it, I’m going to try to make one myself. Have none of the things I need, but that won’t stop me!!! Thanks for this great idea, girl!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! As soon as I’m able to catch a pic of some feasters I’ll be sure to post it. Unfortunately we have a winter storm coming so that’s probably not going to happen for a few days at least. Such is March here in Ontario.

    1. Thanks Gail! I do like to have a lot of fun pieces outside… even for the birds. 🙂

    1. Happy Spring to you Karen! I figured even birds could use a little bling. Our snowless ground isn’t going to last. Winter’s coming back over the next few days. Oh well, we knew it wouldn’t last. That’s par for the course in March. 🙂 Hope your spring is snow-free.

  3. Such a neat idea and with such a gorgeous result! I think I may hit the nearest thrift store to see if I can find the tools to build one of my own! I’ve been meaning to just buy a bird feeder, but good ones are rather pricey, so the DIY option looks like a great route!

    1. Thanks Kira! I have way more fun making the many of the things that I could buy, and that way they’re totally unique too. There are so many cool things to repurpose into bird feeders. I’ll be sharing a few more ideas in the future so stay tuned.

  4. I can’t wait to see how the birds like their sparkly new feeder. I am always amazed at how you use things to create your chimes and feeders. Amazing.

    1. Thanks Tina! Making these things brings me so much joy. Unfortunately, I’ve had to take my bird feeder in after only one day. 🙁 Old Man Winter is making a comeback over the next few days and it sounds like it might be nasty. I want to save my bird feeder for the pretty spring days to come. I know they’re coming… hopefully sooner than later. 🙂

  5. LOVE this project Tuula! I think I have everything in a plastic bin to make something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks Kelly! I’m so happy that my project has inspired you. I think you’ll have some very happy birds.

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia! I love repurposing things for the birds and gardens. I have a few more bird feeder ideas to come.

    1. Thanks so much Kris! We have to keep our birds happy. They do bring us so much joy. 🙂

  6. I think the birdies will love it! It is just so creative and perfect. What a great conversation piece for the birds to spread the news of the new feeder in town!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I hope they’re spreading the news far and wide. We love having birds around for so many reasons. They just add so much to the whole gardening experience.

  7. This is GREAT!! I love the use of the sieve to hold bird seed- well done! Thanks so much for bringing this to Talk of the Town- just love it.

    1. Thanks very much! I love making things for our birds. We love them!

  8. A another great Tuula creation. The added bling will probably attract more birds. The ones around here love shiny things. Our squirrels would gorge themselves on the seeds.

    1. Thanks Donna! You know I couldn’t resist adding a little bling, so I’m so glad to hear that the birds will probably like it. I put my feeder out and a day later we have a winter storm/freezing rain warning. Hopefully this is winter’s last blast. We don’t have a squirrel problem. I think I’ve seen two in our whole 18 years here.

  9. Lucky birds! How clever and creative! Thanks for sharing your step-by-step tutorial at Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks Betsy! We do love pampering the birds so they enjoy visiting our property. They’re such fun to watch.

  10. It’s a wonderful creation, Tuula. We have a terrible time with bird feeders because of the rain (and the squirrels, too). I’m sure the birds will love it.

    1. Thanks very much Betty! I hope they do.

  11. Hi, Tuula! Ermagersh, I love this cute contraption! So smart to use the sieve for the bottom, so dampness can drip out and not get moldy. It’s beautiful!

    1. Thanks very much Michelle! I do love making things for our birds.

  12. This is so creative! A few kitchen pieces, some beads and crystals and voilà. You managed to get me interested in how the birds are responding to this wonderful feeder. Have they come yet? Do they like it? I saw your link at Angie’s Knick of Time/Talk of the Town link party.

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Ann Marie. We had some bad winter weather so I took it in for a few days, but thankfully they do seem to be enjoying it now.

  13. Such a nifty idea. I would never have thought of using a sieve for a bird feeder. Yours came out so nice!

    1. Thanks very much! I do love to repurpose those for the gardens, and the birds.

  14. I really like how you incorporate all these elements to create a bird feeder. This is fantastic I bet the birds are loving it.

    1. Thanks so much Carole! Now that the weather has improved they seem to be enjoying it. I haven’t been able to get a picture yet, but I’ll keep trying until I do.

    1. Thanks very much Carol! I do love a quick and easy project every once in a while.

    1. Thanks so much Sherry!

  15. I love your bird feeder! So ingenious. I’ll bet that the birds love it.

    1. Thanks Sheila! The birds are enjoying it. Two things I love about it is that it’s so easy to refill, and it drains itself when it rains.