Bird Feeder Made From Recycled Materials

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Introduction: Bird Feeder Made From Recycled Materials

Materials needed:

2-liter plastic bottle- empty, washed out, & air-dried

6 1/2-7 ft. of household twine

round plastic deli dish, 1/2 lb size

2 large rubber bands

3-4 large plastic-coated paper clips

2-3 twist-ties

medium-sized funnel

high-quality bird seed (without cracked corn)

Step 1: Step 1: Adding Twine to Bottle

Wrap an end of the twine around the mouth of the pop bottle & twist it.

Step 2: Step 2: Adding Twine to Bottle

Twist twine upward to the other end of the bottle, then back down to mouth again.

Step 3: Step 3: Adding Twine to Bottle

Twist the twine around the mouth again, then back to the other end again.

Step 4: Step 4: Adding Twist-ties

Slide a twist-tie under the twine at the wide end, gathering all sections & twist together tightly to hold the twine in place.

Step 5: Step 5: Making a Loop

There should be extra twine to form a loop & a twist-tie wrapped tightly around it will keep it in place. If there is no extra twine, a twist-tie can be made into a loop or a piece of wire can be slid under the twine to hand the finished product from a tree branch.

Step 6: Step 6: Add a Rubber Band to the Bottle

Slide a large rubber band over the end of the bottle with the mouth so it is tight.

Step 7: Step 7: Adding Rubber Band to Deli Dish

Slide the other large rubber band over the deli dish, keeping it snug, up to the rim of the open end.

Step 8: Step 8: Paper Clips

Open 3-4 large plastic-coated paper clips so they each have hooks on both ends.

Step 9: Step 9: Adding Paper Clips to Deli Dish

Hook each paper clip to the rubber band on the deli dish.

Step 10: Step 10: Adding Paper Clips to the Deli Dish

Hook 3-4 paper clips to the deli dish on the rubber band, evenly spacing them apart from each other.

Step 11: Step 11: Connecting the Deli Dish to the Bottle

Hook the other ends of the paper clips to the rubber band that is around the 2-liter bottle, again, evenly spacing them apart.

Step 12: Finished Product

This is what your bird feeder should look like when done, before adding bird seed.

Step 13: Adding Bird Seed

Unhook 2 or more of the paper clips so that the deli dish hangs to the side.

Add birdseed using a funnel.

Re-hook the deli dish & carefully flip the feeder over, so the seed falls into the deli dish.

Step 14: Finished Product With Birdseed Added

This is what your birdfeeder should look like when done filling it.

Hang it in a tree above your head or on a tall shepherd's hook to keep out of cats' & other animals' reach.

It may take a week or more for birds to find the feeder.

Check weekly that the seed is not molding & clean out if it is found to be.

*It may be necessary to poke small holes in the bottom of the deli dish with a pointed screw, to let out any rainwater.

Step 15: Disclaimer

Mel the creator is not responsible for any injuries or death that may result from this video or instructions while making this product (plastic bird feeder).

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    Great use of recycled products. How do you protect it from the rascal critters? Any reccomendations?

    Interesting video! Do you have any recommendations on seed for cardinals or blue jays? Thanks,
    Chad