Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Upcycled Bottle Bird Feeder

I can't believe I didn't take a few pictures of this mini-project when it was in progress, but it happened so fast.  I was watching TV and Sarah brought an empty 2-liter bottle and said, "Hey, I'm going to make this into a squirrel feeder" and instead of saying NO I used the power of YES and we banged it out in about 5 minutes.


  • Empty 2 liter bottle (we have these because I drink too much soda)
  • Scissors
  • String or wire
  • Bird Seed

First we rinsed out the bottle and removed the label.  Keep the lid on.

Then I used the scissors to cut a big hole in the side of the bottle.  The hole is probably 3-4 inches in diameter.  You want the hole to be well enough above the bottom of the bottle so the bird seed will fit in there nicely.

Using the scissors (or a knife), put 2 holes in the bottle near-ish to the top.

Put the string through one hole then through the 2nd hole.  This left 2 ends that we'd be able to tie around a tree branch.  If you want it to be prettier, you could tie the knot on the inside of the bottle, but then you need a hook or something to attach it to a tree.

Here's a good shot of the finished product so that you can really see how it's all done, we had already added seed here.  Hopefully the top of the bottle will keep water out.

And here it is in it's final location.  This tree has a big squirrel nest above it, so hopefully this feeder will get some action!

DONE!  A fun, fast, easy, upcycled Earth Day kid friendly project!

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