March 10, 2010

DIY Designing: Keep Out, Squirrels!

I love birds. And since I’ve moved in I have wanted to have bird feeder in the yard so I can watch the birds from my kitchen window.

While I have some lovely cardinals and finches swing by for a breakfast of sunflower seeds, the primary visitors to my feeder are squirrels. I hate squirrels. With a passion. I don’t understand people who put out special feeders to feed those little rodents. I have spent the past 9 months trying to not feed the squirrels.

To thwart them, I have tried greasing the pole with Crisco. It’s funny to watch them try to climb up and keep sliding down, but after about 4 hours the Crisco wears off and the feeding frenzy commences.

Some of you might be saying, “why, you should buy one of the squirrel-proof feeders out there, silly Meg!”

Though they might have improved the technology of late, my poor Grandma tried for years to keep squirrels out of the birdseed with these feeders. She finally gave up and started putting out corn for them.

Unwilling to concede defeat yet, I’ve rigged up my own squirrel-proofing mechanism for this edition of DIY Designing.


Cost: $24.99 from Backyard Wild Birds

My solution:

Cost: $0

Here’s the play-by-play.

1. Gather materials
• 1 pot that your potted plants you bought last summer came in (choose one with a good-sized drainage hole or else cut one out yourself)
• 1 rubber band
• 1 large butterfly clip

2. Wrap rubber band around pole. Loop it until it’s a snug fit (you don’t want it to be too tight to roll down to the appropriate height, but not so loose that it will slide easily). This is your anchor.

3. Clip the butterfly clip above the rubber band. Note: you might be able to skip this step if the drainage hole in the bottom of your pot is small enough.

4. Slip the old flower pot onto the pole.

5. You’re done! Your very own squirrel repellent that costs nothing.


  1. This made me laugh so hard! Just thinking about how crazy those squirrels from your last place were and how much you hated them makes me really proud of this new contraption of yours. Keep up the good work!

  2. This post is freaking hilarious. Literally made me laugh out loud. You're so resourceful Meggie!

  3. I'm very interested to see how your makeshift squirrel repellent works for you! Also, I would like immediate feedback: do the squirrels prefer petey pablo or ludacris accompaniment to their choreographed, tastefully risque pole moves? In either case your next installation may involve a blinking neon light reading 'live shows' or something. Afterthought, is tastefully risque an oxymoron?

  4. Who knew that I could raise a daughter who is so HILARIOUS? I've almost made myself sick laughing at the picture of the upside down flower pot. One question: what's to keep the squirrels from jumping onto the flat bottom (top) of the flower pot and then climbing the pole?

  5. Now why can't the squirrel jump from the tree and onto the top of the feeder? Why do they climb the pole? On another note, at least they are in your yard and not in your closet. ;)

  6. Good questions, Mama and Megan! We'll see how well this contraption works...I might have to adjust the height of the pot or else put nails or something sticking up to keep them from jumping on top of it.

  7. I think that's the classiest looking contraption I've ever seen.

  8. I hate squirrels too...well actually my step-dad hates squirrels the most. My first bb gun lessons were aimed at squirrels in the yard... oops PETA might get me now! oh well, it solved the problem!