Halloween is a great time of year to get creative in the garden. Why not have a go at making this Witches Hat bird feeder for your garden birds. Providing food for garden birds is a great way to help wildlife in your garden.
What You Need:
Monster Beaker (£1 form Sainsburys), Plastic Witches Hat (50p from Sainsburys), a small plant pot drip tray approx. 150mm dia., a wooden BBQ skewer and some string.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
This project makes good use out of a couple of cheap Halloween novelty items from Sainsburys. The plastic witches hat costs 50p and the monster beaker cost £1. I had the rest of the items laying around the house.
Step 2: Drill Four Large Holes
Drill four 25mm diameter holes evenly spaced around the bottom of the beaker. These will be the seed ports.
Step 3: Drill Four Smaller Holes
Drill four 4mm diameter holes in the base of the beaker as shown above.
Step 4: Drill 4 Holes in Drip Tray
Drill four 4mm holes in the centre of the drip tray. Keep the spacing the same as the four holes you drilled in the base of the beaker.
Step 5: Thread Beaker and Drip Tray Together
Cut two 1m lengths of string. Thread each end of one piece of string up through the holes of the drip tray then through the matching holes in the beaker. Repeat with the other piece of string and the remaining holes.
Step 6: Drill Four More Holes
Drill four more 4mm holes evenly spaced around the top of the beaker.
Step 7: Tie a Knot in the String and Fit the Witches Hat
Gather the four ends of the string together and tie a large knot at the same height above the beaker as the height of the witches hat. Cut a 4mm diameter hole in the top point of the witches hat and slip it over the string into position.
Step 8: Fill the Feeder With Seed
Fill the beaker with bird seed. I’ve used sunflower hearts for mine.
Step 9: Hang Your Spooky Bird Feeder!
All that’s left to do is to hang your bird feeder in the garden and wait for the birds to arrive. Try hanging the feeder near your kitchen or lounge window so you can watch easily from a distance.
I used the BBQ Skewer to fix the witches hat in postion once the feeder is filled. I drilled two small holes (3mm dia.) at the front and back of the witches hat. I then threaded the BBQ skewer through the front hole in the hat then through two opposite holes in the beaker and then through the hole in the hat at the rear.