Emily Peckenham

How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

by , 05/28/14

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Step One: Gather the materials

Gather the materials you’ll need:

  • 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).

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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.

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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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