Introduction: Peanut Butter Bird House

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So you finish your large jar of peanut butter, and then, you begin to think how many similar jars there must be in landfills.  And then, you get a very radical idea, what if you could take something that would polute the environment and turn it into something that doesn't, or even something that benefits the environment.  That's where I got my idea to make this bird house, take a plastic jug, a.k.a. environment killer, and change it into an elegant looking house for birds.  Pretty crafty, eh?

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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The materials for this project are:
A large peanut butter jar (64 oz)
A small brass hook
A bolt and corresponding nut (my bolt was 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/2 inch long)
Wire or string to hang with
Sugru (optional)
Spray Paint

Drill with a 1 1/4 inch bit, a bit that corresponds with your bolt, and a small drill bit 1/16-1/8 inch
Pliers (if you hang it with wire)
Sink and sponge

Step 2: Cleaning

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Thoroughly clean out the jar in the sink with the sponge until it is very clean.  Use soap and water to rinse it out.  Make sure that the jar looks very nice and clean.  If you wish to go an extra step, put it in the dishwasher.  After you clean it with soap and water, make sure to dry it out completely.

Step 3: Drill Baby Drill

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Now you get to operate power tools! YAY! = )  First, use the 1 1/4 inch drill bit (or one similar in size) and drill a hole in the center of the jar.  Then, sand out the hole vigorously.  This will be necessary for a smooth opening.  Then, drill a hole directly under that one with the smaller drill bit and insert the bolt. then, screw on the nut to make a secure hold.

Step 4: Attach the Hook.

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Use the small drill bit and drill a hole in the top of the peanut butter jar.  Now you will need the brass hook, so stop pretending to be a pirate and screw it into the hole.  Now, I don't know about you, but if I was a bird, I wouldn't want to be stabbed by a pointy screw, so do the right thing, cover it with sugru or even hot glue.  Now, screw the cap back on.

Step 5: Finishing Up

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Take off the cap and paint the jar.  White looks very nice, and I had it around so I decided to use it. I think it looked pretty good in the end.  Wait for it to dry, and then your ready to hang up your bird house.  
Take wire, or string and hang it in a tree or on your porch.  Now you can admire your craftsmanship and birds!  Three cheers for you! 
Thanks for reading my instructable!


saif8897 (author)2017-03-01


I love the idea and the enthusiasm to re-use, however there is a very important point

- before actually using this as a birdhouse please do see the climatic conditions in your area.

Plastic bottle may not insulate well, therefore there is a big risk of death of chicks in both hot and cold weather.

sorry didn't want to sound negative, but the welfare of birds come paramount.

GregoryGrookett1 (author)2015-02-11

Omg I was looking for something for me and my daughter to do in the springtime after being cooped up all winter and this is absolutely the best project. I get to do something fun with her and also teach her a little bit about recycling and the benefits. Thanks so much for this post! P.S. it looks simple to do which is great for me.

aje127 (author)2013-01-11

How clever!!!!!

Cooldeal (author)2011-07-05

I really love birds. I think it's great that we attract all that we can to our living areas. I think I will construct several of these hoping to lure many birds into my area. Fun project.

Kaptain Kool (author)Cooldeal2011-07-06

Cool, thanks!

Derek Vigil (author)2011-06-22

Im making one for my pet bird with a soda bottle! This is cool.

Kaptain Kool (author)Derek Vigil2011-06-24

Thanks! You should post pictures!

mischka (author)2011-05-18

like it, you got my vote!

Kaptain Kool (author)mischka2011-05-18

Thanks, your breadboard is really cool too!

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