Do It Yourself

DIY Cedar Bird Seed Tray

Posted by Sika Expert
April 6, 2021
Time: 1 Hour
Skill Level: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $35

DIY Cedar Bird Seed Tray

For this DIY project I used Sika Pro Select products to create 4”x12” bird seed trays.

Supplies & Tools

  • SikaBond Ultimate Grab (1)
  • Sikaflex Construction Sealant Capitol Tan (1)
  • 1x2 or 1x4 Ripped Cedar
  • 1/4 Galvanized Hardware Cloth (Roll)
  • Black Aluminum Screen (Roll)
  • 1/4” Staples
  • #14 Stainless Steel Eye Screws
  • #15 Jack Chain
  • Stainless Steel Slip Ring
  • Masking Tape
  • Exterior Stain (Pint)
  • Shop Towels or Rags
  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw (If Ripping 1x4 Cedar)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Staple Gun
  • Metal Shears
  • Drill & 1/8” Bit

Step 1: Cut & Sand

To begin I took the 1x2" Cedar and ripped it to get 1x4" for the project. I mitered the ends with the Miter Saw and dry fit them to ensure I had the correct dimensions. For a smooth finish I used a sander on the rough edges. 


Step 2: Bonding

Next I coated the ends of each corner with SikaBond Ultimate Grab to secure the frame. I taped each corner and let cure overnight. 


Step 3: Staining

The next evening I stained the wooden frame with leftover fence stain. I allowed for an additional night for the stain to fully dry. 

Any exterior stain/paint will do.

Step 4: Adding Cloth & Screen

Next I cut the hardware cloth and aluminum screen to size, layered them so that rain water could pass through without interfering with the birdseed, then stapled it into place. I taped around the bottom of the trays and ran a bead of Sikaflex Capitol Tan Construction Sealant around the inside of the feeder. Not only did this seal the sides from leaking seed it also bonded the metal screen material to the wooden tray making it much more durable. The construction sealant bonded incredibly well to the oil stained wood. 


Step 5: Adding Chain

I then drilled 1/8” holes in the corners for the eye screws, attached the jack chain to the eye screws and then attached all of the chains to one central slip ring to hang. I used needle nose pliers to set the chain to my liking. These trays will accommodate any type of birdseed. They can also be built to any dimensions for the types of birds you’re trying to attract.


Complete: DIY Cedar Bird Seed Tray