Monday, July 16, 2012

Make It Monday: Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Crafting while camping isn't a regular occurrence for us believe it or not, but we were out at the lake for 10 days and when our friends and family headed home after the weekend we had a lot of down time. This bird feeder project kept Sophie and I busy for a good hour.

What you'll need:

Plastic bottle with a cap
Exacto knife
Tree branch

Step 1. Forage for fallen tree branches. This was Sophie's favourite part.

Step 2. Cut two X's in the bottle directly opposite each other at the lip near the top of the bottle.

Step 3. Push a tree branch (12 - 14" in length) through the X's. This will create two bird perch's. 

Step 4. Cut a horizontal slit 1 cm above each "bird perch" and cut two parallel slits upwards from either end of the bottom slit. This will create a top hinged door (see images below) that prevents bird seed from spilling out while it's hanging.

Step 5. Fill the bottle with bird seed. Be sure to cover the holes with your hands to avoid spillage.

Step 6. Hang the feeder from a tree branch by tying string around the base of the bottle.

Now wait patiently for the birds to come flocking... still waiting... okay we give up. Enjoy the bird seed birdies!

Happy Monday!

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