Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bottle Bird Feeder

Well, sad to say, this cold of mine is definitely getting worse before it gets better.  But one thing (you know, other than Bryan and the big O) that brightened my sickie day yesterday was watching the birds come visit our balcony.  It's so enchanting!  And, I dare say, a pretty great price for entertainment; in this case, the cost of wild bird food and some junk I had lying around my house.  I saw this great idea for a bird feeder over at One Pretty Thing a while ago and wanted to make one, but wasn't willing to give up perfectly good wooden spoons to the birds.  So I decided to make a simpler version.

Here's what you'll need to make one:
-some string
-a bottle
-a serrated knife
-a pair of scissors
-a permanant marker
-some bird seed (not pictured here)

Start by drawing some archways on your bottle.  I drew mine on the corners of my bottle to give the birdies some extra space inside.  Draw an X in the middle of each archway.

Using your knife, make a hole where your X is.

Then use scissors to finish cutting out your archway. 

If you come out with some rough edges, make sure to smooth them out.  Nobody wants a birdie snagged on some jagged plastic.  Do this for each archway.

Next, cut some string.

Tie the string around the top of your bottle with the string ends on opposite sides of the bottle (so your bird feeder will hang evenly).  Trim the ends of the string.

Fill the bottom up with some bird seed.

Now hang it up and watch the birdies come!

It took a few days before the birds started coming to our feeder, but now we have lots of hungry visitors.  So don't get too discouraged if it takes a few days for the birds to tell their friends about a new great (and so cheap!) restaurant in town.


Kathy Haynie said...

What a smartie you are! You'll have plenty of feathered friends this summer, for sure! I love this quick and easy idea. (What was the wooden spoon for in the other design?)

Kathy Haynie said...

PS - clever you to photograph your tutorial with a red background - it looks great!

sweetfunkyvintage said...

Love this idea. My girls and I are going to make one tomorrow for Mother's Day!
Missy said...

I love your version. It turned out so cute!