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
- 2L plastic pop bottle with the cap
- 2 wooden skewers
- sharp knife
- a Sharpie marker if necessary to widen the feed holes.
Picture by picture steps for Making a Pop Bottle Bird Feeder.Click thumbnail to view full-size
How to Make a Bird Feeder from a 2L Plastic Pop Bottle
- Remove the label.
- Clean the bottle with warm soapy water and rinse well.
- Allow the bottle inside to dry.
- Near the bottom of the bottle, using a sharp knife, carefully start a hole to insert the wooden skewer.
- 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.
- Carefully start the hole with the sharp knife at the determined spot.
- Insert the skewer through both holes carefully. The skewer should be perpendicular to the bottom of the bottle.
- Repeat steps 4 - 7 for a second skewer. When finished both skewers should form a cross. Four perches have now been created.
- 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.
- Repeat step 9 three more times to create a hole above each perch.
- Cut a 10 inch section of wire.
- 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.
- Fill with bird seed of choice using a funnel and screw on the cap.
- Hang out the bird feeder in a desired location and watch the birds enjoying feed from a recycled plastic bottle bird feeder.
Do a Science Experiment with your Home made Bird Feeders
- Bird Behaviour at Bird Feeders: Lesson Plan for Elementary Students
Bird watching is an activity enjoyed by the old and young. Providing opportunities for kids to become involved in birding is a wonderful educational experience.