Pets & Animals | 17 August 2016How to Make a Mason Jar Bird Feeder Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Mason jars can be used for much more than just canning! Feed the birds in your yard with this adorable rustic bird feeder from Mason Jar Nation. It’s said that Henry David Thoreau first wrote of feeding birds as a pastime in the pages of Walden. It took another 100 years for the popularity of attracting birds to backyards to begin in earnest. Ever since, armchair ornithologists have been hanging feeders from trees, beams, and shepherd’s hooks. We can thank the less-appreciated barnyard variety of fowl—and HVAC parts—for making quick work of turning a Mason jar into a bird feeder. Supplies One 3/16″ machine eyebolt and 2 nuts to fit Hacksaw Drill and 1/8″ bit One 4″ round galvanized steel vent cover Clear silicone caulk 1 quart-size, regular-mouth Mason jar 1 poultry jar feeder, found at farm and garden stores Birdseed #16 single jack electro-galvanized chain, optional Making Your Bird Feeder 1. Hacksaw the bolt down to approximately ½”. 2. Drill a 1/8″ hole at the center of the vent cover; thread a nut onto the eyebolt; slip the eyebolt through the hole, and screw on the second nut. 3. Add a generous—and I mean generous—amount of silicone caulk to the bottom of the Mason jar, starting at the edge and working in. 4. Slip the end cap over the bottom of the jar. 5. Grab a tiny bit and drill a dozen or more weep holes into the bottom of the poultry feeder. When the caulk has cured, fill the jar with birdseed and twist the poultry feeder onto the jar. Invert the jar and hang from the eyebolt. To lengthen, add #16 single jack electro-galvanized chain to the eyebolt, if desired. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar’s impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar’s invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families. Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been “discovered” as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art. The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the “DIY Maven.” Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that’s based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.