Introduction: Bird Feeder Made From Recycled Materials
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
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).
5 years ago
Great use of recycled products. How do you protect it from the rascal critters? Any reccomendations?
5 years ago
Interesting video! Do you have any recommendations on seed for cardinals or blue jays? Thanks,