How to Make Bird Feeders from Recycled Plastic Containers

The Joy of Bird Watching

Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall. Every season brings an ever changing variety of birds --- if you have bird feeders in place. What better way can there be to enjoy the beauty and songs of your ever changing flock, then with feeders you have crafted yourself from recycled materials.

Birds will continue to visit your feeders as long as the food supply remains constant. Winter resources are often low so many birds come to rely on feeders for optimum winter survival. Spring time means breeding time. Bird activity levels are optimized and they require extra nourishment to maintain the energy levels necessary for courtship rituals, nest building and rearing of young. As well, as plants and insect life have not quite reached abundant levels in early spring, bird feeders are a welcome source of added nourishment. A hot summer can mean lower food resources for the now growing bird families and migrating birds can gain extra energy at your feeder in the fall before their long trip south. Be aware, however, birds especially in winter come to depend on your feeders for food. If you cannot be sure you can maintain the feeders regularly, please do not start them in the winter!

Young children love watching these colourful and active creatures. Imagine their delight at watching beautiful birds feeding at a feeder they helped to create! Two bird feeders are featured in this hub - one by video presentation. Both can be created in under an hour. Young children will require assistance as sharp utensils are required. Older children; however, can handle these products on their own with parental guidance. My middle son made the pop bottle bird feeder featured below.

Enjoy bird watching all year round with these very easy to craft bird feeders made with recycled plastic containers!

Materials Required for Recycled Pop Bottle Feeder

  1. 2L plastic pop bottle with the cap
  2. 2 wooden skewers
  3. sharp knife
  4. wire
  5. a Sharpie marker if necessary to widen the feed holes.

Picture by picture steps for Making a Pop Bottle Bird Feeder.

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Materials Required to Make the BirdfeederStep 4:  Making the perch holes for the bird feeder.Step 7:  Inserting the dowels for the bird perches.Step 8:  Inserting the second dowel for the perches.Skewers will form an X pattern at the bottom of the  pop bottle bird feeder.Four perches for this bird feeder.Step 9:  A side view of the inserted perches of the pop bottle bird feeder.Feeding hole positioned above one of the perches.Step 11:  Wire hanger for bird feeder.Step 12: Inserting the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on pop bottle mouth.Close up of insertion of the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on the pop bottle mouth.Step 13:  Finished pop bottle bird feeder, filled with seed and ready to hang.
Materials Required to Make the Birdfeeder
Materials Required to Make the Birdfeeder | Source
Step 4:  Making the perch holes for the bird feeder.
Step 4: Making the perch holes for the bird feeder. | Source
Step 7:  Inserting the dowels for the bird perches.
Step 7: Inserting the dowels for the bird perches. | Source
Step 8:  Inserting the second dowel for the perches.
Step 8: Inserting the second dowel for the perches. | Source
Skewers will form an X pattern at the bottom of the  pop bottle bird feeder.
Skewers will form an X pattern at the bottom of the pop bottle bird feeder. | Source
Four perches for this bird feeder.
Four perches for this bird feeder. | Source
Step 9:  A side view of the inserted perches of the pop bottle bird feeder.
Step 9: A side view of the inserted perches of the pop bottle bird feeder. | Source
Feeding hole positioned above one of the perches.
Feeding hole positioned above one of the perches. | Source
Step 11:  Wire hanger for bird feeder.
Step 11: Wire hanger for bird feeder. | Source
Step 12: Inserting the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on pop bottle mouth.
Step 12: Inserting the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on pop bottle mouth. | Source
Close up of insertion of the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on the pop bottle mouth.
Close up of insertion of the wire hanger under the round plastic ring on the pop bottle mouth. | Source
Step 13:  Finished pop bottle bird feeder, filled with seed and ready to hang.
Step 13: Finished pop bottle bird feeder, filled with seed and ready to hang. | Source

How to Make a Bird Feeder from a 2L Plastic Pop Bottle

  1. Remove the label.
  2. Clean the bottle with warm soapy water and rinse well.
  3. Allow the bottle inside to dry.
  4. Near the bottom of the bottle, using a sharp knife, carefully start a hole to insert the wooden skewer.
  5. Insert the skewer through the hole and allow it to rest on the other side of the bottle so that the skewer is perpendicular to the bottom of the bottle. Mark with the knife where the corresponding hole should be started.
  6. Carefully start the hole with the sharp knife at the determined spot.
  7. Insert the skewer through both holes carefully. The skewer should be perpendicular to the bottom of the bottle.
  8. Repeat steps 4 - 7 for a second skewer. When finished both skewers should form a cross. Four perches have now been created.
  9. Again using the sharp knife, starting about 3 or 4 inches above a skewer, start a hole with the point of the knife. Twist slowly until the hole is about a 1/2 inch in diameter. Do not cut off or remove the plastic bending inside the feeder as it will help keep the seed from pouring out of the feeder.
  10. Repeat step 9 three more times to create a hole above each perch.
  11. Cut a 10 inch section of wire.
  12. Thread both ends of the wire under the plastic ring around the mouth of the bottle. Allow a couple of inches to wrap around the wire loop.
  13. Fill with bird seed of choice using a funnel and screw on the cap.
  14. Hang out the bird feeder in a desired location and watch the birds enjoying feed from a recycled plastic bottle bird feeder.

Goldfinch enjoying feed from a recycled pop bottle feeder.
Goldfinch enjoying feed from a recycled pop bottle feeder. | Source

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Comments 16 comments

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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

What a great video and hub! I just can't get enough of bird watching, and these easy to make earth-friendly recycled feeders will make the experience more abundant! Thanks for such cool ideas and clear, simple directions. Sharing and voting up! Nice Work!!

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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Indie. I'm watching the birds mowing down on the seed on these home made bird feeders right now. The gold finches are in their breeding colours and the sight is amazing!


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Another great idea at little cost will bring so much happiness to the birds.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Happy to hear from you again so soon aviannovice. My back deck is always beautifully noisy with especially the goldfinches. These feeders are popular with them!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love this idea!! My last bird feeder grew legs, crawled away, and died. I've been wanting to get another one, but this is *awesome* Now, I can just make one. Nice job!! I think my internet is acting up - I couldn't load the video. I'm going to have to come back and watch - I can't wait! :)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cyndi, I often have internet issues as well. Hope it gets resolved. Just watching the birds fighting over the two my son and I put together. I filled one up this morning and it needs filling again. What a sight thought. The goldfinches are in their breeding colours. Beautiful!


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

I Love to recdycle things and love to watch the birds/squirrels! Great hub!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Lady Guinevere, the birds enjoy them very much! Hope you get a chance to try one out.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

What a simple and effective way of utilizing a plastic pop bottle, and it looks quite pleasing too.

I might even have a go at making one myself because you have done such a wonderful job with your instructions that even I can follow them :D

Voting this hub up and hitting a couple of buttons on my way out


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you so much for the kind words maggs224. Have fun making the feeders!


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Londonlady 4 years ago

Aww, this is cute. I love birds. The video is really helpful, I'm going to make one of these since I have a stand to go with it already. Thanks!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

So glad you fenjoed the hub Londonlady. Good luck making your own!


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Deerwhisperer 4 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

I love watching, feeding, and photographing birds, and you gave me some good ideas. Yours is a very unique hub. Loved it! I voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much for the compliment. I am so glad you've found it useful. I appreciate the share.


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Blond Logic 4 years ago from Brazil

This is a good idea. We have recorded over 86 different types of birds in our garden. We don't normally feed them but this will bring them even closer.


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lucille12 20 months ago

Metal hangers are perhaps the easiest of all hangers to maintain.

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