How to Make a Bird Feeder From Glass Plates

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If you have an old glass plate that you don't use anymore, you can recycle it and turn it into a bird feeder. It makes your yard look more interesting and attracts birds to the area. You will need to drill a hole through the plate and attach it to a rod so it can stand upright. Have another plate standing by because you may break your plate in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass plate
  • Masking tape or painter's tape
  • Pencil
  • Goggles
  • Drill
  • Glass or tile drill bit
  • Wooden dowel, 5/8-inch in diameter
  • 1/8-inch wood drill bit
  • 1 sheet metal screw
  • 2 fender washers
  • Lay the plate upside down on a stable surface.

  • Paste a piece of masking tape or painter's tape over the center of the bottom of the plate. The tape helps prevent the drill bit from slipping.

  • Measure the center of the plate and use a pencil to mark the spot on the masking or painter's tape.

  • Wear a pair of goggles to protect your eyes.

  • Drill through the marked spot in the center of the glass plate using a glass or tile drill bit. Drill slowly and apply a firm pressure. The drill bit may get hot and you may have to stop and let the drill bit and the glass plate cool down several times.

  • Remove the masking or painter's tape from the bottom of the glass plate.

  • Mark the center of one end of the wooden dowel with a pencil.

  • Drill as deeply as possible into the marked spot with a 1/8-inch wood drill bit.

  • Thread a sheet metal screw through a fender washer, the glass plate and another fender washer.

  • Insert the end of the screw sticking out from the base of the plate into the hole you previously drilled in the end of the wooden dowel.

  • Stick the other end of the wooden dowel into the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a teacup and a matching saucer for this project. Drill a hole in the center of the teacup and thread the sheet metal screw through this hole as well.

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