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Make food bell yourself: Simple idea with clay pot & quick recipes with and without baking

Although the winter is not too cold so far and snow also seems to stay away, you can do something good for your feathered garden friends and provide them with fat-rich food. If you too are one of those enthusiasts who prefer to do it yourself rather than buy it, you can make a pretty feeder yourself, which will not only serve its purpose, but also decorate the bare garden in the process. Besides, this is a perfect project for children, where you can tell them interesting facts about migratory birds and other native species.

The right container for bird feeders

Make your own bird feeder with flower pot - instructions and recipe

If you want to make a feeder bell yourself, really in the sense of a “bell”, of course you need a suitable container that can be filled with the food and hung upside down. Usually a clay pot is used for this purpose, or else half a coconut shell. However, you can also use any other container, provided that it does not emit pollutants. Plastic containers (for example, yogurt cups) you can use as a mold and then recycle (that is, hang only the molded food without the cup).

We have two variants for you. Before that, you can read this article to find out which food is best for which birds to create a suitable mix.

Make your own feeder in a flower pot

Get a clay pot for the feeding bell . Decide on a smaller size and make several bells rather than one too large. You can use the pot as you like for hanging or just as a form. Depending on the variation, proceed as follows:

Preparation and instructions for bird feeder bell in pot

Use the pot only for molding

Prepare the flower pot by threading yarn through the drainage hole (formed into a loop) and then line it with baking paper (poke a hole through the paper for the yarn). Now fill the pot with the prepared food, holding the yarn up in the center for this purpose. Finally, press the lining mixture well to push out air and, depending on the recipe, put the whole thing in the freezer for an hour or bake the mixture (see recipes below).

Finally, you can tie on a metal disc to stabilize the lining some more. Take the feeder out of the pot by lifting it out with the help of the paper. You can hang it in the garden (or leave it for up to a week).

You can use this variant for other ramekins as well.

Use the feeder together with the flowerpot.

Here you proceed in the same way, only this time you don’t need baking paper to be able to detach the food from the pot. Instead, pour the prepared food directly into the clay pot and hang it up later.

Feeding bell make yourself with clay pot for the winter

A cool variation would also be to hang the pot horizontally rather than upside down. In this case, you can incorporate a stick that the birds can sit on while eating. You simply thread the twine through the hole and tie the ends together to hang the bell. Old cups are also suitable for this purpose.

Make your own birdseed and make a feeding bell

Gelatine, fat or protein as an additive to the bird food


There are several ways to make food for the birds. If you use fat or gelatin, it is enough to let the feed harden in the freezer. Recipes with egg, in turn, need to be baked. We have recipes for both variants of the bird feeder for you .

Make your own bird feeder – recipe without baking with gelatin

  • approx. 140 g grains/seeds
  • 40 g corn flour
  • 60 ml water
  • 1 tsp. tasteless gelatine powder
  • 1 tbsp. light corn syrup (never use honey)

Mix the dry ingredients and heat the water enough for the gelatin to dissolve in it. Add the liquid gelatin and corn syrup to the grains and mix until everything is well incorporated. Now you can fill your mold with it, as described above, and let it harden in the freezer (do not offer it to the birds when frozen).

Recipe idea with egg for baking in the oven

Make your own bird feeder with and without baking

Preheat the oven to 120 degrees. For every 140 grams of bird seed, you will need 2 egg whites. So separate the eggs and whisk the whites. You should get a fluffy mixture, but not stiff. Then stir in the birdseed mix and pour the mixture into the prepared pots. Press it down firmly. Bake the birdseed for 60 to 90 minutes and let cool. If you want to hang it without a pot, it is best to remove it while it is still warm using the baking paper you used.

For more tips for healthy birds in your garden, see this article .