Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

By Emily Miranda

With just a few simple items, turn your backyard into a bird paradise and learn about the different birds in your area.

Materials:

  • One-liter soda bottle and cap with label removed
  • Utility knife
  • Thin wooden dowel or straight stick, 8 inches long
  • Bird seed
  • Masking tape
  • String
  • Funnel

Instructions:

  1. Cut two holes the size of a quarter, four inches from the bottom of the soda bottle (an adult should do this or closely supervise). The holes should be directly across from each other.
  2. About a half inch below the holes, cut a small "X," about 1/4-inch wide.
  3. Push the dowel or stick through the "X"s, from one side to the other. This forms a sturdy perch for the birds on both sides of the bottle.
  4. Completely cover each of the feeding holes with masking tape. This will prevent the bird seed from spilling out when you fill the bottle in the next step.
  5. Undo the cap and, using the funnel, pour birdseed into the soda bottle. Fill it all the way to the top. Replace the cap.
  6. Cut two pieces of string, each about 18 inches long. Tie both ends around the neck of the bottle, so that they are on opposites sides.
  7. Hang your bird feeder from a sturdy tree branch. Take off the masking tape, and wait for the birds to discover their feast.

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