Introduction: How to Make a Bird Feeder Out of Ikea Plates
Spring is here and with it comes the birds. Why not give them a little grub with this simple, cheap, and visually pleasing bird feeder.
Step 1: What You'll Need to Get Started
1. Two 12" Ikea Hultet bamboo plates
2. A 3/8-16 Carrige Bolt 12" long
3. A drill
4. Any washers, nuts, fasteners your heart desires
(so long as they fit the bolt)
5.Some string or wire
6. A keychain clip
Note: These are merely the materials I had to work with, feel free to experiment with whatever materials you may have.
Step 2: Step 1. Drill Some Holes in Ikea Plates
Step 1. Drill a hole in the center of each of your Ikea plates.
Note: I used the largest bit I had which was slightly smaller than the bolt. Bamboo is a soft and easy material to work with so I lightly filed the hole until it fit the bolt.
Step 3: Step 3. Thread the Bolt Through the Plates and Secure With Washers, Nuts, and Fasteners
Step 3. Thread the bolt through the two plates and use your washers, nuts, and fasteners to secure it in place.
I used a few different washers and fasteners to give the feeder the best support I could.
Note-The head of the bolt will be the bottom of your feeder
Step 4: Step:4 Drill Two More Holes on the Top of the Feeder.
Step 4. Drill two more holes on the top half of the feeder, roughly 1/2" from the bolt, this is where you'll loop through your wire or string.
Note:Try to keep the holes evenly allingned with one another to help prevent the feeder from hanging lopsided.
Step 5: Step 5: Loop the Wire or String Through the Holes on Top of the Feeder & Tie It Off on the Keychain.
Step 5. Take your wire or sting and loop it through the holes you drilled in the top half of the feeder. Tie it off being sure that you've worked the string through the hoop on your keychain before tying.
Step 6: Step 6: Hang Your Feeder, Fill It With Birdseed, and Enjoy!
Step 6: Find the best spot to put up your feeder, hang it, fill it with birdseed, and enjoy!
Overall, the feeder cost $2.19 to make, I only had to buy the bolt, everything else I had on hand. The design is simple enough that it could be applied to most things you might have lying around your humble dwelling.