DIY Bird Feeder

  • 30 Minutes
  • Beginner
Walt Disney’s favorite song was “Feed the Birds” from the 1964 movie, Mary Poppins. On the surface, the song is about an old woman who sells bird seed to feed the local pigeons. But if you listen a little closer, the song is about kindness and charity. No matter your take, there’s definitely something to be said about the simple act of feeding the birds. Today we’re going to create a platform-style bird feeder to help you feed your own birds. Platform feeders are easy to clean and provide the perfect spot for you to observe any birds that may decide to pay you a visit.
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1 Gather your materials

This photo provides a “bird’s eye view” of the materials you will need to create your bird feeder. Grab your 3D pen and plastic, your 3Doodler Create+ DoodlePad, and thisfree bird feeder stencil.

Make sure you have some ribbon on hand in order to hang your finished bird feeder from a tree, as well as plenty of bird food!

2 Doodle the roof, and assemble.

Using steady, long strokes, use your 3Doodler Create+ pen and plastic to doodle the roof of the bird feeder as you see it on the first page of the bird feeder stencil. Once the doodle has hardened, gently peel it off of the stencil and set it aside. Repeat this process so you have two doodles of the roof.

Next, trace the striped triangle at the top of the second page of the stencil. Once the Doodle has hardened, gently peel it off the stencil and set it aside. Repeat this process so you have two Doodles of the striped triangle.

Position the two roof Doodles like a tent and connect the striped triangle doodles to either side of your tent. Using your 3Doodler Create+ pen and plastic, attach the two pieces of the roof at the ridge.

3 Doodle the pillars, and combine.

On the second page of the stencil you’ll find a long rectangle covered with “X”s. It is the last image on the stencil. Doodle this image SIXTEEN times. Be sure to allow the plastic to harden completely before peeling each rectangle off of the stencil and working on the next one. These sixteen rectangles will be used like pillars to hold up the sides of the bird feeder.

Once you have 16 rectangles, it’s time to assemble them to create the four supporting pillars of your feeder. Each of the four pillars is composed of four of the rectangle pieces that you Doodled. Connect the rectangles -- the long way -- with your 3Doodler pen to create a hollow rectangular three-dimensional box. Repeat this process three more times so you have four hollow rectangular boxes.

4 Doodle the base of the bird feeder, and combine.

Doodle the light grey box on the first page of the bird feeder stencil. Make sure that you’re creating a solid platform, as this will be used as the foundation for your bird feeder. We don’t want any birdseed to fall through!

Trace the both of the grey rectangles on the second page of the bird feeder stencil twice (4 Doodled rectangles total). Again, make sure that they are completely solid because they will be used to form the base of the bird feeder.

Attach the rectangular pieces to each side of the square base you created so that they form a tray, of sorts. This is the tray that will hold your bird seed once your bird feeder has been fully assembled.

5 Assemble your bird feeder.

By now you should have a tray (from step 4), four pillars (from step 3), and a roof (from step 2). It is time to assemble the parts of your bird feeder into the finished product! Using your 3Doodler pen and plastic, connect the four pillars to each corner of the tray. Once they are firmly in place, use the pen and plastic to connect the roof with the top of the pillars.

Allow the bird feeder some time to harden. While you’re waiting, feel free to elaborate on the design by using differently colored plastics to doodle on your bird feeder. You can draw flowers, birds, or any other designs that may strike your fancy.

6 Add the finishing touches!

By now you should have a tray (from step 4), four pillars (from step 3), and a roof (from step 2). It is time to assemble the parts of your bird feeder into the finished product! Using your 3Doodler pen and plastic, connect the four pillars to each corner of the tray. Once they are firmly in place, use the pen and plastic to connect the roof with the top of the pillars.

Allow the bird feeder some time to harden. While you’re waiting, feel free to elaborate on the design by using differently colored plastics to doodle on your bird feeder. You can draw flowers, birds, or any other designs that may strike your fancy.

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