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DIY Soup Can Bird Feeder Tutorial

June 30, 2023
Author Brittney R

If you’re a nature enthusiast or bird lover this step-by-step guide is perfect for you. This eco-friendly project will bring joy to your backyard while providing a food source for local birds.

Materials Needed:
  • Clean soup can(s)
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear Coat
  • Wire or String for Hanging
  • Birdseed


Step 1:

Start by cleaning the soup can thoroughly, ensuring that it’s free of any food residue. Remove the label and adhesive from the can. Wash and dry it completely before moving on to the painting process.

Step 2:

Plan your design for the bird feeder. You can opt for a simple pattern, abstract shapes, or even paint a landscape scene. Sketch the design lightly with a pencil on the surface of the can to serve as a guideline.

Step 3:

Using our All in One Paint, begin painting your design on the soup can. We used Tropical Cocktail and Raspberry Sorbet for the base colors in this example. Start with the background color, applying an even coat with a paintbrush. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step. Once the base coat is dry, add the details and colors to your design. Use our Artist Brushes to create intricate patterns or fine lines. Allow each color to dry before adding additional layers or details.

Step 4:

To protect your painted design from the elements, apply a coat of Clear Coat. This will help preserve the colors and make the bird feeder more durable for outdoor use. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for application and drying times.

Step 6:

Attach a wire or string to the top of the soup can securely, ensuring it can withstand the weight of the bird feeder when filled with birdseed. Create a loop or knot to form a hanger. Choose a suitable location in your garden or yard to hang the bird feeder. Make sure it’s easily accessible for the birds while providing a safe and comfortable environment.

Step 7:

Fill the soup can bird feeder with a birdseed mixture suitable for the birds in your area. Consider using a mix that attracts a variety of bird species. Regularly check and refill the bird feeder to ensure a continuous supply of food for the birds. Keep it clean and free of mold or spoiled seeds.


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