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Any plastic bottle (like Ocean Spray juices) or laundry soap container will work. Drill small hole in top (screw on top), cut two window opening on sides of container for birds to enter. drill small holes through bottom for rain water to escape.
I also hang a weight from bottom to stabilize if windy. Birds will love it, they don't care if feeder cost $1.00 or $100.00. Hang off the deck or from a limb, birds will enjoy. Also add some black sunflower seeds.
By Byron T. from Gray, GA
Make yourself a quick and sturdy bird feeder by poking or cutting round or "X" shaped holes in a large 2 litter plastic pop bottle then hang it from a rope to a tree branch. You'll need a funnel to help fill it with seeds. You can also run a stick or dowel straight through the bottle if you want the birds to have a place to perch. If you want a cover for the feeder, you can use an old burner drip tray (from an electric stove top). This will sit over the top of the bottle. Simply thread the hanging rope through the hole in the center of the burner tray. Recycling at it's best!
By Cyinda from near Seattle
Start with a 2 liter soda bottle and some paint and you too can make a cute feeder for your yard. This is a guide about how to make a soda bottle bird feeder.
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I am a 4-H leader and would like to do this as a Mother's Day gift, but don't know how to decoupage. Can someone please tell me how to do the bird feeders? Thanks.
By Pam Burns from MO
Decoupage is basically a thinned white glue. if you paint pictures on the bottles you do not need to decoupage. But if you cut out pictures or use any other type of decoration and want to attach it to the bottle, then you will use decopage to attach it to the bottle and after that dries, continue to add layers of decoupage to help seal them to the bottle. Allow each layer to dry throughly before applying the next layer. you may want to have 5 to 10 top layers. Since the bird feeders will be used outside they will have to be sealed with a clear paint. You can either use spray or brush on paint. I hope this helps some. If I can be of further help just let me know.
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These bird feeders are made from pop bottles with adapters from http://www.mcnaughtoninc.com/ These can be painted or decoupaged and sprayed with clear spray paint. There is a hummingbird feeder, a hanging general feeder and a suction cup to window feeder. Lots of fun and great sellers at craft shows.
By Maggie from Bloomington, MN
How do you keep the bird seed from falling out of a pop bottle bird feeder?
Leona from KS
If your seed is falling out of the holes, I would use a small square or circle cut out of an old screen and hot glue it to the outside of the bottle, then decorate if you wish. Remember to hot glue the spoons or dowels in their holes also, birds won't/can't "perch" if the wood spins. (03/12/2009)
What you have to do is leave the top on when you hang it upside down but you have to drill tiny holes and have pegs the same size as the holes. Push the pegs through from one side straight across to the other side of the bottle so it goes through the other side and is straight. You can do this quite a few times. Then fill the bottle with the bird seed.
Above the pegs, you need to put a very tiny hole above all the pegs on each side. You will have to devise a way to hang your bottle. Or leave it right side up and hang the bottle with a small twine around the neck but you will still have to drill the holes as above.
By Sandy from Bluff City, TN