Making a Bird Feeder out of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

January 27, 2018

Here’s a fun project to make for your garden, and recycle some rubbish too…

Kids love making things. It enhances their creativty and gives them something to proud of. If your kids are anything like ours they are constantly in the recycling box looking for boxes, jars, pots to make things. Encouraging your kids to recycle & make will hopefully install some good practice for when they are older.

Here’s a bird feeder that we made from a plastic bottle.

Homemade Bird Feeder Hanging

What you need to create your own recycled bottle bird feeder

You will need:

  • Recycled plastic bottle
  • Marker pen
  • Scissors
  • Garden wire
  • Bird seed

How to make it

Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder
Cut a hole using scissors at the back of the bottle, making it big enough for a bird to get in.

Make two small holes near the top of the bottle. This is for attaching the garden wire so you can hang your bird feeder.

Using a marker pen decorate your feeder.  This could be a picture, face, words – anything to make it look pretty for those birds!

Fill it with bird seed.

Hang it outside on a tree or feeding stand and be proud. All you had to do is wait patiently for the birds!

Top Tip: remember you need a small drainage hole at the base of your bottle, otherwise you’ll get soggy bird seed.

Bird Feeder Making Instructions

Here are some easy to follow instructions for making the bird feeder, c/o Sainsbury’s Bank Blog.


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