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?
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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