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Build A Plastic Bottle Birdfeeder

One of the many ways we can help birds is by providing them some food.

bird seed
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  • Plastic bottle

  • Wooden pencils or spoons

  • Scissors

  • Push pin

  • Twine or string

  • Bird seed

What to do:

  1. Use a push pin to start a hole toward the bottom of the bottle. Then push the scissors through to make the hole bigger. Make the hole slightly smaller than the width of your pencils or spoons.

  2. Repeat step 1 to make a hole directly on the other side.

  3. Slide the wooden pencil or spoon through the holes to make a perch for the birds.

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to make another perch a bit higher. This time, make the holes opposite of your first holes. This way the 2 perches will crisscross.

  5. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the bottle to allow water or rain to drain through.

  6. Use the push pin to make holes about an inch higher than all the perches. Use the scissors to make these holes big. These holes are where the birds will eat the seed.  

  7. To create a hanger for your feeder, use the push pin to make smaller holes at the top your bottle. Push the string or twine through these holes. Use scissors to make holes bigger if needed.  Tie the string or twine together.

  8. Open the bottle cap and pour the bird seed in.

  9. Hang the feeder in a tree or tie it to a clothing line. It might take a few days but keep an eye out for new bird visitors!


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