Living in the forested area of San Luis has given me a new appreciation for bird watching. We bought a feeder a few months ago, and flocks of cardinals and finches have been feasting ever since. In the mornings, it’s like a wildlife show in our backyard. The feeder is perched outside our living room area, but I wanted a feeder of my own outside my bedroom’s gorgeous windows.
I originally purchased a giant birdseed bell, like this one. Daisy devoured the first one, and squirrels stole the second one right in front of my eyes – so I decided it was time to build a better vessel for feeding my avian friends. This quick and easy craft is a great Sunday afternoon Do-It-Yourself project.
- A plastic bottle (milk jug, soda bottle, etc.)
- A plastic dish with a lip (cleaned dishes from microwaved meals are perfect for this!)
- A hot glue gun, or super glue
- Some sort of hemp threading or wire.
How to make your own bird feeder:
- Wash out your recycled bottle and dish. Let the bottle dry out completely, or else your birdseed will get moldy.
- Carefully cut small holes around the base of your bottle. This will allow the bird seed to spill out from the bottle into the dish. I also cut a big hole near the middle/top of my bottle so birds could help themselves.
- Punch very small holes around your dish. This will allow any water to drain out of your feeder, thus preventing mold.
- Poke two small holes at the top of your bottle, and thread your wire through to hang the feeder. I always use hemp thread, and it holds up really well.
- Glue your bottle to your base, and let it dry thoroughly.
- Fill your bird feeder with seed. There are a ton of different birdseed varieties, I go with the cheapest mixed seed from Walmart. It gives you the best bang for you buck, and I doubt the birds notice the difference.
- Hang your feeder from a tree, roof overhang or anywhere in with a good view! It might take a few days for the birds to catch on, but as soon as they notice this new source of food, I guarantee you’ll have a busy feeder. It’s the best thing to wake up to.