Gallery: How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Mate...

 
Step Five: String together your birdfeeder. Approximate a length of string that is adequate to pass through your birdfeeder with an additional 6-8 inches for hanging, then double it by folding, and then cut your doubled length of string. Folding your piece of string in half, tie the washer or nut to the bottom. Thread the folded end of your string through your birdfeeder, beginning with the yogurt lid, then go through the jar, and finally pull the string through the jar lid.

Step One: Gather the materials

Gather the materials you’ll need to create your recycled bird feeder. We used:

  • A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do)
  • Lid from a large plastic yogurt container
  • Dremel (you can also use a small electric drill or make do with a Swiss Army Knife, nail, or utility knife)
  • Washer or nut
  • Sturdy string or twine
  • Scissors
  • Birdseed
  • Gorilla Glue or similar strong glue
  • Stick (you could use a bamboo skewer or even a long pencil).

Step Two: Drill Holes for the String

Drill a small hole in the middle of the yogurt lid, the jar and the jar lid. The hole needs only be big enough to fit the string.

Step Three: Cut Feeding Holes

Next, make holes for the birds to feed through. Sketch out 3-4 holes with a marker before you begin cutting – make each hole slightly bigger than a half-dollar. Carefully cut out the holes with a utility knife and discard the plastic pieces you cut out.

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