Repurposed Tiered Stand Bird Feeder

When I shared my repurposed vintage sieve bird feeder a while back I mentioned that I had a few more ideas to help feed our feathered friends… like this super easy tiered stand birdfeeder.

How to make a repurposed tiered stand bird feeder

This tiered stand bird feeder is so easy to make… and no tools required.

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

I shared this $2 silver plate tiered stand in one of my thrifted finds posts eons ago .

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

At the time I thought I’d probably take it apart and use the trays for garden plate flowers, but that never happened.

I was in my greenhouse the other day rummaging around and I found it, and I immediately got an idea.

Taking tiered stand apart

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

I took it inside and took it apart.

The rods unscrewed very quickly. Easy peasy.

Putting tiered stand back together

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

Then I simply did a reverse of the trays.

Instead of the small tray being on the top… it’s now on the bottom.

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

The middle tray is still the middle tray.

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

And the bottom tray is put on the top with its bottom up.

It acts like a roof for the two smaller trays… to protect them from the rain.

Hanging tiered stand birdfeeder

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feede

And here’s my tiered stand bird feeder hanging out in the back deck area overlooking the as yet to be cleaned up pond garden area.

The two trays hold more bird seed than I thought they would.

repurposed metal tiered stand into triple decker hanging bird feeder

I really love the way it looks.

Simple and elegant for my feathered friends’ pleasure.

bird in tiered feeder 2

Once I was finished taking my pics I hung my bird feeder in the shade so the birdies won’t burn their feet if the trays heat up in the sun.

This has got to be one of the easiest DIY bird feeders ever, and it only cost me $2 and took about two minutes.

Tiered stands comes in all sizes and materials. I’ve seen crystal, glass, pottery, aluminum, silver plate like mine, and there are probably more types that I can’t think of right now.

I’ve seen many at thrift stores over the years and never thought to use them as bird feeders, but now I won’t be able to see them as anything else.

So the next time you see one, maybe you’ll see it as a tiered stand bird feeder too.

Don’t forget to pin it!

How to make a repurposed tiered stand bird feeder

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Wow! Can it possibly get any easier??? Love this! I’ll be on the look-out for one for myself!!! Thanks! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! This is one of the easiest projects ever, and I did see a few birds enjoying it this weekend.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! Tiered stands come in handy in so many ways. I have a vintage aluminum one that I use at Christmas.

  2. So cute Tuula! How cute that the birds will be able to eat from the lower level and the upper level… like a fancy restaurant! lol!


    1. lol. Nothing’s too good for our birdies.

  3. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    A topsy – turvy feeder. How very clever of you. Absolutely love it!

    Bird seed feeders do need to have drainage holes. If not, rain water will set in the trays which is not good for the seed as it could mold which is not good thing for birds.. You might consider drilling small drainage holes in your trays but otherwise I do love your new and unique bird feeder and I’m sure the feathered friends will love it as well

    1. Thanks Colleen! I’m not too worried about the drainage issue with this feeder because it’s covered for a light rain and if there’s a heavy rain it’ll probably be washed right out. Then I’ll just fill it again. I have to say that out birds are very good at cleaning up spilled bird seed. lol. The mess doesn’t last long.

    1. Thanks Kathleen! I’ve already seem some of the little birds using it, and the other one that I made too. It’s always a treat to see the birds using something that I’ve made.

  4. Love your idea! I will be on the lookout for one of these stands at GW. We all love bird watching and feeders afford us the greatest opportunity. sb

    1. Thanks Sharon! Our bird give us so much pleasure. It’s so fun to watch them in the gardens.

  5. Tula you are so clever. Love this. Now the birds will have a little shade while they eat and also will keep the rain off of the food. You go girl with your cute clever self. Love this.
    Happy Friday. Enjoy your week end.

    1. Thanks so much Kris! We do love making the birds feel welcome in our gardens, and we have a lot of them so I guess they do.

  6. Eeek! That is total genius, Tuula! I see those things all the time and never have been tempted because my mind goes blank on what to do with one. So brilliant!

    1. Thanks Michelle! I hope you find a tiered stand you can use for this.

    1. Thanks Donna! I’m happy to say that the birds do seem to like it. I’ve seem some little ones using it already.

  7. Genius, Tuula! The top tier also acts as a sort of squirrel baffle, too–you don’t want those pesky creatures eating up all your bird food. I’ll certainly be on the lookout now…

    1. Thanks Diana! I never thought of the squirrel thing. We don’t have that problem here, but I think it would certainly help.

    1. Thanks Julia! The birds do seem to be liking it.

  8. Tuula, love this bird feeder!! That’s cool that it’s tiered, more food for our feathered friends!! I made a bird feeder this past week too and I can’t seem to keep it full, maybe I should have made a tiered one, I wouldn’t have to fill it as often. 😉 I want to invite you to our link party that’s happening now in fact. Hope to see you there! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Keri! Mine is getting a lot of visitors too, but that’s what it’s all about. It’s such fun to have birds in the gardens.

  9. You just have a way of seeing something new and amazing in these old, elegant pieces. Now the birds have a place to stop off for some fine dining. Love it Tuula!!

    1. Thanks so much my! And no reservations required. lol.

  10. Tuula, your bird feeder is lovely!! I really like there is no much work involved and it will make happy some little friends.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party!! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks very much Pili! I’m so happy to be taking part in your new party.

    1. That’s wonderful Tammy! I’m so glad my project has inspired you.

  11. This is my kind of craft! I see those tiered dishes all the time! I am always looking for new, unique garden items and this is it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mine too AnnMarie! Quick, easy, and inexpensive… and the birds are loving it.

  12. I’ll never look at one of these tiered trays the same way again. What a fun and quick makeover for your feathered friends. Great job. Thanks for linking up with Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks very much Betsy! The birds do seem to be enjoying it.

    1. Thanks very much! I’m so glad you like it.

  13. Tuula, I love this! I didn’t know those trays came apart…guess I’ve never looked. :o)
    Now I can’t wait to look for one and make my own. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m pinning so others can be inspired as well (and so I remember!)

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I’m so happy that my bird feeder has inspired you. It truly is so easy. Thanks for pinning!

  14. I love your bird feeder, I’m going to be on the lookout for one of those now. Great idea!

    1. Thanks Kelly! It’s such an easy project, and the birds love it.

  15. Oh my goodness this is such a good idea Tuula! I even have one of these in my stash right now… thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    1. Thanks Susan! I hope your birds enjoy it as much as mine are. They love it!

  16. This is genius!!! I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past one of these at the thrift store thinking “dated/useless”. I won’t be passing by one next time!

    I would love for you to share this on Dishing It & Digging It – we go live with this link party on Sundays at 4PM ET.

    1. Thanks Heather! I’ve passed many by over the years myself, but I won’t be doing that anymore. I’ll be sure to pop over and link up.

  17. Such an awesome idea. Clever lady…. the birds have a built-in umbrella. I love the way you think! Thanks for sharing at DI&DI. If you ever want to be featured, add our link to your blog. Our readers will love this idea…

    1. Thanks so much Linda! I’ll be sure to add the link.

  18. I absolutely love this idea. My youngest dd has been bugging me to make a new bird feeder and this is such a neat idea….and easy too! Will have to keep my eye out for one of these. Hope you can come and share this on the Merry Monday Link Party.

    1. Thanks Erlene! This is a perfect project to make with kids because it’s so easy.

  19. Smart idea!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. Thanks very much Sherry!

  20. I have a tiered stand just like this one and it’s a bit wobbly. Now I know what to do with it! Hopefully the squirrels will stay away.

    1. I hope so too Sandra! If they do I’m sure your birds will love it.

    1. Thanks very much Carol!

  21. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuulla, I’m a little behind on reading my mail…. When I saw this I knew I had to look! That is one of the most amazing bird feeders I have ever seen. I’ll definitely have to be on the look out for the tiered stand so I can make my own!! Thanks for the inspiration. Love ya’

    1. Thanks very much Patricia! It’s one of the easiest to make, and my birds are really loving it.

  22. What’s making the middle part that screws it all together?

    So what about the squirrels?

    1. Thankfully we don’t have a squirrel problem here Florence, and I can’t guarantee it’ll keep squirrels out. I wish I could. There are holes in the middle of the trays, and the rods that came with the stand screw into each other through the holes. You can often find these kinds of tiered stand at thrift stores.

      1. Oh I’ll be looking for tiered stands at the thrift store!

        About the squirrels….can’t believe they don’t come after your seed! I don’t put feeders out anymore because the squirrels eat it all! All “your” squirrels must be down here in the Deep South…LOL!

        1. I think perhaps our four cats have scared them away or something. lol. I think I’ve had about a handful of squirrel sightings in the 18 years we’ve been here. We do have chipmunks, but they don’t climb so they’re ok.

  23. Linda Rosser says:

    I love this birdfeeder. I will never look at another tiered stand the same. Can’t wait to make this. I recently made birdfeeder using a teacup and saucer..i saw it in a magazine. Everyone loved it so much i ended up making 7 more as gifts. Thanks for the inspiration.?

    1. Thanks Linda! I’ve made teacup and saucer bird feeders too. I shared a couple here on the blog a few years ago. They’re so much fun to make. This tiered stand bird feeder is super easy, is also a fun project. 🙂