Lawn & Garden

Hanging Bird Feeder



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Get ready for the first sign of spring outdoors with this fun family project! In a couple of simple steps you can use your Dremel Tool to transform a terracotta pot into a customized bird feeder! We provided material details for a birdhouse using a 4.5 terracotta pot. Of course, you can use any size you'd like, just make sure to pick up a piece of threaded rod or eyebolt that is 1-2" longer than the height of the pot and the saucer combined.

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Supplies Needed For This Project


8220 12VMax High-Performance Cordless

Model # 8220


562 Tile Cutting Bit

Model # 562


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    4.5" terracotta pot
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    4.75" terracotta saucer
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    6.5" terracotta saucer
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    6" length 3/8" threaded rod or eyebolt
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    Complimentary nut (2 nuts if you use threaded rod) & washer
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    Face mask: cutting terracotta can be dusty!

Let's Get Started

To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.


Step 1

The large saucer serves as the birdhouse roof & the small saucer will serve as the perch underneath the feeder. Insert a Dremel 562 tile cutting bit into your High-Performance Rotary Tool (we used our 8220 tool). Set your tool to high speed and grind a 3/8-inch hole in the center of each saucer. Tip: Most terracotta pots have drainage holes at the bottom center. If your pot doesn't have a drainage hole or if the hole needs to be made larger, you can use your Dremel tool with the 562 bit to do so!


Step 2

Next, draw out your desired deisgn onto the pot. Through this design, seeds will be accessible to your feathered visitors! Make sure you choose a design that will allow enough accessiblity to the seeds without causing them all to empty onto the perch. Using your Dremel Rotary Tool equipped with the 562 Tile Cutting Bit, set your tool to high speed to grind through your design, making several light plunging motions.


Step 3

Thread all components together to form the hanging house: Set your pot on top of the large saucer& cap the pot off with the smaller saucer. Thread a 5" rod or eyebolt through the holes on all three pieces. (If you choose to use a threaded rod, be sure to secure a bolt at the top of your threaded rod at this step). Flip your pot upside-down and set the large saucer on top of the pot. Thread the washer onto the rod & secure the nut 1/2" onto the rod. To fill your pot with seeds, simply loosen the bottom of the feeder, holding the pot at an angle and fill! To hang your feeder with twine as we have done, secure your desired length to the top of the eye bolt with a square knot. You may want to add a dab of hot glue for an extra-secure knot.

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