Create a hanging bird feeder from a coffee cup and get your cameras ready!
Once you have the materials, it takes about 10 minutes to create :)
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What you need:
Coffee Cup with lid
string ( or shoelace )
rocks ( or other items for weight )
screwdriver ( or other sharp object for gently puncturing coffee cup and lid )
scissors ( for cutting string to desired length )
Tape ( if your coffee cup lid has big holes ) or you want to firmly secure lid to cup
1 - Gently make a hole in the bottom of the cup ( centered ).
Note: I recommend a screwdriver and gently rotate it so that it creates a smooth indent and gently creates a hole...OR you can crease/damage your cup
2 - Gently make a hole in the lid
3 - Using scissors cut a suitable length of string ( probably 2-3 feet ) so you can hang the birdfeeder and tie a knot on the end ( or a few knots depending on how big your hole is )
4 - Insert the string into the bottom of the cup and pull through
5 - String the lid on ( upside down as shown ). This is what will hold the bird feed
6 - Insert rocks in the cup. This is to weigh the cup down so as to not swing too much if birds land on the cup or if it is windy.
7 - Line the chopsticks on top of the cup for a reference point equidistant from the string
8 - Gently create a hole for the first chopstick/perch. The hole needs to be about 1inch or more down from the top of the cup..so as to not hinder the upside down lid which slides down into the cup
9 - Insert the chopstick and gently create the exit point on the other side ( Again from the outside of the cup using a screwdriver and holding the cup, gently create the exit point )
10 - Complete step 9 and push the chopstick all the way through and, using the first chopstick as a reference, align the second chopstick parallel to the first
11 and 12 - Repeat steps 8-10 and insert the second chopstick
13 - If done correctly it should look like this. Now is the time to add any additional weight to the cup or any decorations
14 - Now pull the lid down ( Depending on the lid, you might need to tape it in place )
15 - Add 'bird-approved' bird feed
16 - Hang from your outside beam or rafter
Finalist in the
Coffee Cup Challenge