Invite your feathered friends into your garden this spring with these seven bird feeders you can make out of materials you might have otherwise thrown away or recycled – plastic bottles, milk cartons or scraps of wood. There’s a project here for everyone, regardless of your age or skill level; from young children and DIY novices to crafting pros who are handy with drills and hacksaws.
1. Soda bottle bird feeder
A favorite of the elementary school classroom, the soda bottle bird feeder is a simple DIY project for bird lovers of all ages. After rescuing a 1-2 liter soda bottle from the recycling bin, look around your house or yard for two wooden spoons, dowels or twigs you can use for the project; these will create a place for the birds to sit while they eat.
Then follow the instructions on BirdFeederPlans.org to cut small holes in the bottle where you will insert the spoons or dowels; parents will need to help their kids with this step. Fill the bottle with bird seed, twist the cap back on and then hang the bird feeder from a tree or porch with string or fishing line.
If you’re not feeling crafty but still want to upcycle an old soda bottle into a bird feeder, consider buying this $10 kit from Uncommon Goods: Simply attach a the readymade nozzle and hanging wire to your own soda bottle to make a bird feeder in minutes.
2. Milk carton bird feeder
Fashioning a bird feeder out of a milk or juice carton is just as straightforward as building one from a plastic soda bottle. Simply cut out equally sized “windows” in three sides of the carton, leaving 1-2 inches of space from the bottom of the carton. Then poke two holes at the top of the carton and feed in fishing wire or other sturdy string, so you can hang the feeder from a tree or porch. Read the complete directions at 99BirdHouses.com.
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