Encourage More Birds To Visit Your Yard With This Terracotta Pot Hack

Preparing Terracotta This DIY works best with orchid pots that have drainage holes at the bottom and airflow holes in the sides. You can choose whichever type you like and drill the holes you need since you'll be drilling anyway.

In water overnight, soak the saucers and pot (if drilling is needed). Mark the center of each saucer to drill, cover it with masking tape to prevent cracking, then use a diamond drill bit to drill.  

Also drill your pot for side holes for bird feeding, ensuring sure they are at least an inch broad and long. Center holes should only be as broad as the feeder's rod.

You can now embellish or leave the terracotta. Terracotta absorbs paint well with a brush or spray, but use non-toxic paint. To stand out, use stencils or decoupage dried flowers on the exterior.

Building Your Terracotta Bird Feeder Use a strong epoxy to glue the pot to the bottom saucer's midsection, aligning the center holes. Use the smaller saucer on the bottom and the larger one on top to protect your feeder from rain.

Put a lock nut and washer on the threaded steel rod and insert it through both center holes. Slide another washer under the saucer, add a decorative finial, and tighten the internal lock nut with a tool to secure.  

Screw a washer and wingnut onto the rod on top of the pot and slide the other saucer upside down. Attach an eye bolt and a coupling nut to the rod to hang the feeder on a hook or bracket. You can alternatively hang the eye bolt from a limb with twine.

Start by loosening the wing nut up the rod and lifting the top saucer off the pot to make room for seed. To keep squirrels out, securely seal the feeder cover after filling.

The side holes should automatically release seed, but you can also sprinkle more around the bottom saucer's inner rim to attract birds.  

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