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Make a bird feeder using everyday household items

make a bird feeder - image of homemade bird feeder using a plastic bottle

What’s the idea?

Make a bird feeder from recycled household products – it’s super easy and a project both adults and kids will love!

What’s the story?

We have been thinking of making a bird feeder for a while and the kids especially have always been keen.

Our recycling bin has been fuller than usual because we’ve all been at home.

So I decided it was the perfect time to get crafty and make a bird feeder!

My daughter and I looked together online about the many ways to do this.

She chose to create a feeder from a simple plastic bottle and my son chose to use a loo roll.

We had some seeds and butter in the cupboard and left over string from another project – this really was easy!

My daughter was particularly keen as she was given some binoculars and a bird book for Christmas.

She can’t wait to see which birds she can spot!

People should do this because…?

It gives the birds a helping hand (especially during the colder months);

It can attract a variety of birds into your garden;

It’s easy to do and the kids will love getting involved;

There are many different ways to make one using household products you probably already have.

How do you do it?

Make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle:

Equipment
  • Plastic bottle
  • Knife/drawing pin to pierce holes
  • Two strong garden sticks or kebab sticks or wooden skewers
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Bird seed/seeds/sunflower seeds
Method
  1. Find a large plastic bottle – around 300ml is ideal. Make sure you have the lid;
  2. Take the lid off and create 2 holes opposite each other near the bottom of the bottle. (We used a knife or you could use a drawing pin. We recommend an adult does all of the steps which need a knife);
  3. Poke a stick or skewer through one of the holes and out the other side – this is where the birds will perch;
  4. Create 2 more holes opposite each other and poke the other stick through the bottle so it forms a ‘cross’;
  5. Make 2 or 3 larger holes around the middle of the bottle – this is where the birds will  feed from.  They should be about the diameter of a pencil;
  6. Put a few small holes in the bottom of the bottle so any rainwater can drain out;
  7. Create 2 holes opposite each other near the top of the bottle;
  8. Thread the string through the holes at the top and tie it in a knot, leaving enough length to hang it from something;
  9. Fill the bird feeder with bird seed up to about halfway (you can get this online or from your local garden centre) – about half way
  10. Put the bottle cap back on the bottle;
  11. Hang from a tree or elsewhere in the garden (high enough to keep the birds safely away from cats and other predators) and wait for the birds to come!

Make a bird feeder from an old loo roll tube

This is such an easy way to make a bird feeder you could make more than one.

Equipment
  • An old loo roll tube
  • Scissors
  • String
  • A wide tray or dish
  • Butter or peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Birdseed
Method
  1. Find a tray or dish large enough to roll the loo roll tube all the way along it;
  2. Pour some birdseed into the tray;
  3. Mix some butter and a little bit of honey in a bowl;
  4. Spread the mixture over the loo roll tube with a cutlery knife or your finger;
  5. Roll the sticky loo roll tube along the tray until it is fully covered in the birdseed;
  6. Leave it to dry;
  7. Make a couple of holes in the top of the loo roll tube and thread a piece of string through it;
  8. Tie the string in a knot at the top, leaving enough length to hang it from somewhere;
  9. Hang your loo roll tube bird feeder in the garden and enjoy watching your feathered friends.

For some other ideas on how to create a bird feeder please click here.

Links to other Stuffer pages

Make a Bug Hotel out of Bamboo

How to make a bee drinker

Links to other articles on the web

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/make-a-bird-feeder-from-recycled-materials

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/make-a-recycled-bird-feeder/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/makes/mr-blooms-nursery-bird-feeder

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/bird-feeders-for-kids-to-make-2764688

Links to other videos on the web

Links to apps

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labs.merlinbirdid.app

Links to books

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