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Clay Saucer and Jute Bird Feeder

By: Vicki O'Dell

Learn how to make an attractive and inexpensive bird feeder or bird bath with this project from Vicki O'Dell. All you need is a clay pot saucer, a grapevine wreath and jute rope. 

Bird Feeder


  • 6" clay saucer ($1.47)
  • 8" Grapevine Wreath ($1.00)
  • Jute (one roll of jute will make several of these!)



Make a "spider web" on the grapevine wreath with the jute. No need to go crazy with it. Just enough to hold the saucer in.

Jute Spider Web

Cut three lengths of jute to about 5 feet, center the jute on the grapevine wreath and tie a knot.

Lengths of Jute


Next, combine the lengths of jute so that there are three sections with two lengths in each section and braid...just like braiding hair. When you get near the end of the jute use a bulldog clip to hold it while you go on to braid two other lengths of jute. Space the three sections as evenly as possible so that the bird feeder/bath hangs fairly level.



Gather all three sections of braided jute and tie in a knot at the top. Leave the braided jute long enough to allow the bird feeder/bath to hang.

Bird Feeder


Hang over a branch or a hook and fill with seed or water. I like the natural look, the price and simplicity. Of course, it'll look better in my back yard than it does here against the floor of my work area! :)


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This bird feeder looks wonderful and is a really great design. I especially love that I can remove the tray to wash it. It's easy to forget the importance of good hygiene when feeding our garden birds. Apart from being unsightly, dirty feeding areas can increase the danger of disease.

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This is a great inexpensive project that would be perfect for a girl scout or boy scout group.

This bird feeder is so great! Made from all natural items and feeds our winged friends. I love it! This would be a great camp project for kids as I know from experience from working with these materials, that this would be an inexpensive project. Great job Vicki!

Very nice,and simple enough to make.My mom would love this.


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