It’s hard to miss the cheerful tweeting of birds early in the morning, gently reminding us to begin the day. As well their melodic singing, birds also play an important role in the ecosystem. From pollinating plants, spreading seeds and eating pests, birds travel far and wide with the changing seasons to find food and shelter.
In celebration of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, we’re rounding up some of our favorite bird houses and feeders from the world wide web. So next time you hear the gentle chirping of the neighborhood birds, make sure to leave them some treats and shelter with these stylish bird houses and feeders.
Adventurous Camper Bird House
Bird migration is always an adventure, so it’s only fitting to hang camper bird houses to keep them company.
Hobbyists will love this bird house model kit from Etsy store 1Man1Garage. With a retro blue finish, the camper bird house model kit comes flat-packed so you can take your time assembling the pieces. It’s also a great activity for the kids, and a house birds will surely appreciate.
Feeding Birds with Dinnerware
While there’s no need to serve birds food in a silver platter, you can still make wonderful bird feeders out of ceramic dinnerware with a little creativity.
Using two plates, a bowl and a copper pipe, connect the pieces with a thick rope and pour bird food in the bowl. Not only is this a chic way to welcome birds in your backyard, it also puts unwanted dinnerware to good use.
An even easier way to make your own bird feeder is by hanging your own tea cup set. This tutorial by Practically Functional takes only a few minutes, so you can play host to vibrant birds this spring.
Barely There Bird House and Feeder
If woodworking isn’t your thing, acrylic bird houses might be.
These bird houses don’t just blend with their surroundings, they’re ultra stylish too. Avian enthusiasts and bird watchers will appreciate the see-through material that lets them spot these beautiful creatures while resting. Want one? Head over to Artbirdfeeder on Etsy!
For a DIY version, a mason jar goes a long way when combined with a leather strap and a wooden pole. Read through this tutorial by Hawthorne and Main, which give us another reason to collect mason jars for exciting home projects.
Pops of Colorful Modern Bird Houses
For purveyors of modern living, an equally modern bird house and feeder might be more fitting. Fortunately, geometric bird houses now come in aluminium and stainless steel, with the color of your choice!
This assemble-it-yourself bird feeder by OneHundredCo is so adorable you’ll want to hang more than one outside your window. With a form that resembles a small milk carton, this aluminium bird feeder comes in four different colors so you can have some fun mixing and matching.
If you appreciate bird feeders with a more architectural appeal, Joe Papendick sells sculptural bird houses and feeders on his Etsy shop. In the spirit of creating outdoor accessories made for birds and other animals, Joe has mastered the art of working with stainless steel and aluminium to design one-of-a-kind pieces that will take your breath away.