Recycled Bird Feeder Ideas
There are many frugal ways to set up a feeding station for the flying visitors to your yard. This guide contains recycled bird feeder ideas
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Bird feeder made from mainly recycled materials.
Approximate Time: 30 min - 1 hour
- 2 bolts, washers, and nuts
- 1 empty grated cheese container
- strong glue - like Goop
- screw driver
- 2 Frisbees
- long needle nose tool
- wire and "s" hook
I have two Chihuahuas and the last thing they would ever do is play with a Frisbee, so when we received two free ones I knew I had to come up with something. Here's what I did:
- Drill holes in the center of the Frisbees top and bottom, also top and bottom of the container, the same size as the bolts you will be putting through.
- Drill the bottom Frisbee with several holes for water drainage. Drill two small holes (across from each other) near the bottom of the container about 1/2 inch from the bottom. These holes should be about 1/3 inch wide.
- Match up the container top to the underside of the top Frisbee and glue.
- Put bolt through top and bottom set of holes, add washer and then the bolt, tighten. For top section have a loop of wire ready to wrap around the bolt before tightening. For the bottom use the needle nose to brace the bolt from inside the container while using the screw driver on the outside of the Frisbee.
- Now it's ready to fill, turn the top Frisbee and the container cap should screw right off with it. Some bird seed may come out of the bottom feeding holes, but if the drainage holes are small the seed will stay in the Frisbee. Add your "s" hook and it's ready to hang.
Hope I have explained this well enough, if not let me know. I just set it out this morning so I haven't seen any birds yet, but once I do I am going to try to get some photos.
By NoRulesArt from Sunny FL
Recycle and create a pretty spring bird feeder from used McDonald's Happy Meal bucket and plastic mayonnaise jar.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
- McDonald's Happy Meal bucket (bottom only needed with attached handle)
- plastic mayonnaise jar with lid
- nail punch or nail to punch holes needed or drill bit if desired
- scissors to cut down pail to 2-3 inches tall and to cut side windows in jar
- 1 long screw with bolt
- spray paint of color choice
- acrylic craft paints for decorative painting and assorted paint brushes
- clear paint sealer for lasting outside exposure
Use these left over items to create a pretty spring bird feeder.
- First take your plastic mayonnaise jar and punch a hole in each side just a little past the lid this is where you will just pop on your handle from the McDonald's Happy Meal bucket. I just used a hammer and nail to punch my holes, but you easily use a tiny drill bit if you desire to create your holes.
- Punch another 2 holes on your mayonnaise jar on both sides about half way up just to get a starting point so you can use your scissors to cut out 2 little windows for the birds to reach inside to get the bird seed.
- Cut your McDonald's bucket down to about 2-3 inches tall. This will be used as your base under the plastic jar to be used as both a perch and catchall for any seed that falls out when the birds eat from it. You can cut your pail any shape you like. I did mine on a scallop cut since I was doing a sunflower theme painted on the bird feeder.
- Poke a hole through the center of the bottom pail and the center of the plastic jar.
- Take a long screw and go up through both containers from the bottom side up and reaching inside your window you cut onto your jar attached the bolts onto the screw all the way down.
- Spray paint your complete piece, but not the inside of the jar.
- After it has dried you can then hand paint on any theme you like using acrylic paints. I did mine in sunflower theme.
- Let dry and spray on 1-2 coats clear paint seal.
- You can fill your feeder by taking off the jar's lids or just filling it by reaching into the jar's windows.
- Since the handle just pops in and out of your jar you can either just loop over a limb as I did or pop it off on one side lap over branch and pop back on to jars side.
- Then just hang in a tree and let the birds enjoy.
My husband drills various sized holes into a white pine log for me and adds a simple hook so I can put my kitchen food scraps, fat cut from meat, and rolled in seeds or stale bread with peanut butter. I also make my own suet and freeze it in rolls which I insert into the various sized holes drilled around the log.
My newest addition to this is adding a 45 vinyl record through the top hook hardware to discourage any squirrels from climbing down to munch! A larger record would be even better!
If you love to watch or feed the birds, let me know!
By AHA! from Sterling, PA
This is a cute recycled craft for "Fiesta" Bible School or if you're having a Dora the Explorer or Go Diego Go party, this could be a decoration for your party or craft for the kids to do at the party.
Approximate Time half hour
- yogurt container
- cottage cheese container lid
- string (weather proof) if hanging outside
- spray paint
- acrylic paint and paintbrush
- hot glue gun and hot glue
- bird seed
- First drill two holes in the bottom of the yogurt container so you can run the string through.
- Sand and then spray paint the yogurt container and the cottage cheese container lid. This might need two coats. Let it dry.
- With your knife cut an X in the middle of the cottage cheese container lid.
- Take the string and run it down through the yogurt cup and pull out both ends through the bottom of the cottage cheese lid. Don't tie it yet.
- Hot glue the yogurt cup to the lid first then you can tie a knot in the string.
- All that's left to do is painting your sombrero. If you're letting small kids decorate it, maybe stickers would be less messy, but that's all part of the fun!
- After your sombrero dries, put in some birdseed and hang it up outside.
By luv2craft from Normalville, PA
I guess great granddaughter has picked up on my passion for recycled items. She sent her worn out boots (via grandma) for us to use.
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I have very large liquid laundry containers. I have heard that there are people who recycle them into bird feeders. I can imagine, if this is so, that they would be quite colorful and serve the purpose.
How do you go about it? Can the bird-lovers out there describe the process of conversion?
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March 2, 20051 found this helpful
Any clean, plastic container (soda and laundry detergent bottles, for example) can be made into a feeder by cutting a rectangular panel out of one side, a few inches from the bottom. Leave the cap on and fill the bottom with seed. A paper milk-or juice-carton will work well too. Slice off the bottom corners of the carton with a razor blade, cutting off just enough to allow a sunflower seed through the hole. Punch small holes in the carton next to the feeding holes and insert twigs or dowels into the holes as perches. Fill the carton with seed and staple it shut. Then punch a hole through the top of the conainer to accommodate a hanging chain and hook, and hang the feeder. These feeders will probably be demolished by squirrels, but they're fun while they last.
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I went to a thrift shop and found these colorful dishes. I glued them together to make a bird feeder, then layered them on a hanging pot from the tree.