Recycled bird feeders are inexpensive crafts that can be made at home, at school or at camp. Since the bird feeders use recycled materials, you might find that you already have many of the supplies. When completed, encourage kids to observe the types of birds that are drawn to each bird feeder. Allow kids to be responsible for refilling the feeders with seed.
Things You'll Need
- Peanut butter
- Pine cone
- Aluminum pie plate
- Milk carton
- Box cutter
- 2 wooden dowels, ½ inch
- Soda bottle, 2 liter
- Paper towel tube
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Scoop the peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. Spread the peanut butter onto the pine cone.
Pour the birdseed into the aluminum pie plate. Roll the peanut butter-covered pine cone into the birdseed.
Cut a 12 inch long piece of string. Tie one end of the string to the pointed tip of the pine cone. Tie the other end of the string around a tree limb.
Milk Carton Bird Feeder
Rinse and dry an empty milk carton. Cut a semi-circular hole on one side of the milk carton using the box cutter. The hole should be about 1/3 from the bottom of the carton. Cut another semi-circular hole on the side of the milk carton directly opposite the first hole.
Cut a small hole with the box cutter about 1 inch below the semi-circular hole. Repeat underneath the other semi-circular hole. Push the ½ inch wooden dowel into the hole, through the milk carton and out the other hole.
Poke a small hole with the box cutter 1½ inch from the top of the milk carton above the semi-circular hole. Repeat with the opposite side of the milk carton. Push the wire into the hole, through the milk carton and out the other hole.
Wrap the wire loosely around a tree branch. Pour birdseed into the milk carton.
Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
Remove the label from the empty two-liter soda bottle. Rinse the bottle and let it dry completely.
Drill a small hole about 2 inches from the bottom of the soda bottle. Drill another small hole directly opposite the first hole. Push the wire into the hole, through the bottle and out the other hole.
Drill a small hole near the top of the bottle, at the beginning of the bottle’s widest part. Drill another small hole directly opposite the first hole. Push the ½ inch wooden dowel into the hole, through the soda bottle and out the other hole.
Cut a rectangular shape with the box cutter about 1 inch above the dowel. Repeat with the opposite side of the soda bottle.
Invert the bottle and screw on the lid. Wrap the wire loosely around a tree branch. Pour birdseed into the soda bottle.
Aluminum Pie Plate Bird Feeder
Wash and dry the aluminum pie plate. Cut a small hole in the center of the aluminum pie plate using the box cutter.
Cut an 18 inch piece of string. Tie a large knot at one end of the string. Push the string through the hole in the aluminum pie plate so that the knot is underneath the pie plate.
Insert the top of the string through the cardboard paper towel tube. Tape the paper towel tube to the aluminum pie plate.
Tie the top of the string to a low tree limb. Pour birdseed into the aluminum pie plate.
- Photo Credit Recycle image by sarkee from Fotolia.com pine cone image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com bird seed image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com string image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com cutter image by dead_account from Fotolia.com Solder wire image by naolin from Fotolia.com dead tree image by Tracy Horning from Fotolia.com BOTTLE CAPS image by SKYDIVECOP from Fotolia.com Electric drill with a drill on a white background image by terex from Fotolia.com drill image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com cutter 2 image by Indigo from Fotolia.com cardinal image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com coconut cream pie image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com Yellow knot 2 image by Alexander Oshvintsev from Fotolia.com Sticky tape image by lefebvre_jonathan from Fotolia.com a bird (nuthatch) on a birdfeeder image by Yuri Timofeyev from Fotolia.com
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