Sisal Rope Bird Feeder

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Quick and easy sisal rope bird feeder.

A quick and easy bird feeder made from a tin can and sisal rope.

Sisal Rope Bird Feeder – Our time at the beach this summer finally came to an end this past weekend.  Sadly we packed up and went back home but not before I had a chance to make this cute little bird feeder.  Over the past number of weeks I’ve seen an incredible array of wildlife and lots of beautiful birds including hummingbirds, sandpipers, hawks, owls, grey herons and the most awe-inspiring bald eagles (see below for some of the bird photos I took this summer). One day we even witnessed an eagle scream down from the sky, dive into the water after a seagull that was floating in the ocean, grasp the seagull in his talons and fly away with the it – this was only about 75 feet away from us.  The size and power of these birds is something you really have to see to believe.

Obviously this sweet little bird feeder isn’t meant for the eagles but there really is a huge variety of birds that live near the beach that would love this feeder.  This is a simple project that kids could easily help make. It only took about 20 minutes to make the entire thing.


  • Clean tin can – keep the lid (I used a large tomato can)
  • Sisal rope
  • Piece of metal for post (sorry, I don’t even know what I used, it was just a scrap I found in the garage)
  • Glue gun and glue


  1. Take the tin can lid and bend it in half. 
  2. Take the metal for the post and glue it down so that there is enough room for the birds to perch while they eat.
  3. Insert your can lid so that it fits nicely over the metal piece you just glued in and is just inside the opening of the can and glue into place making sure there are no openings for the seed to fall through.
  4. Find the top middle of the can and glue a long piece of sisal rope (about 2.5 ft) from top to bottom of the can so that you have 1 ft on either side of the can hanging off (you’ll tie this together at the end) – this will be the part that hangs from the hook or tree.
  5. Now, starting at the top of the can, slowly glue down the sisal rope from one end to the other by going around the can in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the can. Cut the rope and glue in ends.
  6. Cut a piece of rope the exact size of the front of the can and glue on around the top/front edge to help give a nicer finished look to the feeder.
  7. Tie the two 1 foot piece ends that are still hanging to the sides together in a knot.
  8. Fill with bird seed and hang from a hook or tree.
Birds on southern Vancouver Island.

Birds on southern Vancouver Island – photos by Jamey Ekins.



5 Comments on Sisal Rope Bird Feeder

  1. Renate
    September 8, 2013 at 7:56 AM (8 years ago)

    This. Is. Awesome. So simple and beautiful looking. I love the integrated ‘suspension attachment’! Now I don’t have a garage, let alone one with metal things in it, but I figure a sturdy little twig would do just fine as a perch. (You’d need to make a gap for it in the lid & close it with enough hot glue, but hey.) Thanks for a lovely idea, Jamey!

  2. Rachael
    October 15, 2019 at 7:41 PM (2 years ago)

    Glue is toxic to birds and the can will cut there feet on top of that the Rope has to be untreated.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2019 at 5:28 AM (2 years ago)

      Hi Rachel…how does one untreat the rope? Once the rope is untreated…what would you suggest to use adhere the untreated rope to the can since glue is toxic to birds… Thanks, Terri

  3. terri nave dishman
    October 26, 2019 at 5:37 AM (2 years ago)

    Hi Rachael, how does one ‘untreat’ sisal rope or any rope? Once rope is untreated…what do you suggest to use to aheare rope on the can? As for the edge of a sharp lid & edge of canned metal that woll cut birds
    …I would sand all edges down on the lid as well as the can till completely smooth as silk!

  4. Willie Duncan
    March 16, 2020 at 6:16 PM (1 year ago)

    I don’t mind putting out unsalted in-the-shell peanuts for the squirrels and blue jays, but I want them (and rats) OUT of my bird feeder!


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