How to Make Your Own Bird Feeders

How to Make Your Own Bird Feeders
There's no easier way to consistently be able to bird-watch than to set up a simple bird feeder. From yellow-bellied sapsuckers and wrens to blue jays, chickadees, grackles, doves and woodpeckers, all sorts of birds likely will be drawn to your feeder. The best part is you don't even need to purchase one. Instead, make one yourself. It's extremely simple. Here's how.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic bottle Knife String Seeds
  • Plastic bottle
  • Knife
  • String
  • Seeds
Step 1
Obtain a plastic bottle. Be sure the bottle has a holding capacity of at least 4 oz. The bottle may be a used water or juice bottle.
Step 2
Use a knife to poke a hole near the top of the bottle -- just under the screw-on cap section -- then poke a similar hole opposite the first one, on the other side of the bottle.
Step 3
Pass 18 inches of string through both holes, then tie the loose ends of the string together. This will serve as a hanger for your bird feeder.
Step 4
Use a knife to poke two more holes into the bottle -- one on one side, and other exactly opposite it on the other side.
Step 5
Collect two or three twigs. Ideally the twigs would be two to three times as long as the width of the bottle. The straighter the twigs, the better.
Step 6
Poke one of the twigs through the two holes. It should pass through one hole, completely through the bottle, and out the other hole. Push the twig through so that there is an equal length of twig sticking out of each side of the bottle.
Step 7
Repeat Step 4 and Step 6 with the other twig or twigs.
Step 8
Take the cap off of the bottle, then fill it two-thirds of the way up with seeds. The twigs should do a fair job of plugging the holes you've poked into the bottle . A few scattered seeds may fall out, but once the seeds have settled, your bottle should hold them fine.
Step 9
Poke a few more holes into the bottle just above the line of the seeds.
Step 10
Hang the bird feeder up, either on a rafter or a branch or something else that will support it aloft. The birds will likely use the twigs as perches and enjoy poking their beaks into the holes near the top of the bottle to retrieve seeds.

Article Written By William Jackson

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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