Bird Feeder Made From Recycled Materials




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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    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,