Tuning an Old Container Into a Bird Feeder Tuning an Old Container Into a Bird Feeder

What You'll Need
Take-out container
Utility knife
Egg crate
3 Milk cartons
Popsicle stick
Scrap piece of lumber

A bird feeder can be made out of just about any type of material you can imagine. In fact, you can use regular everyday objects to create a new bird feeder without having to buy lumber or other materials. This fits in with recycling old objects and reusing them for something different.

Bird feeders are not built according to a standard plan. There are several different sizes, shapes, colors and materials that make up a bird feeder. You can have a simple tube bird feeder, a flat open bird feeder or an elaborate house type feeder. One of the easiest bird feeders to make is made by using old containers. These can be soda bottles or a restaurant's take-out containers. Here are a few steps to make bird feeders out of different containers.

Bird Feeder from Take-Out Container

Rinse the container and allow it to dry completely. Using a nail, poke several holes into the bottom of the container so that air can circulate through the seed and the seed will not rot on the bottom. Keep the holes small enough so that the bird seed doesn't fall out. Small finish nails are a good size for this type of hole.

Close the top of the container and cut out a small opening on the side of it. Make sure it is a side that does not have any handles. Cut a small slit in the bottom of the opening and slide the popsicle stick inside it. Glue it to the bottom of the take-out container leaving about 4 inches on the outside.

Attach a string to the handles and hang from the nearest branch. Fill up with bird seed and watch as the birds start visiting. You can use this type of bird feeder for a few weeks, before the weather takes its toll on it.

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Take a scrap piece of lumber and cut it down to a length of 18 inches. It doesn't matter what type of wood you are using as long as it is 6 inches wider than the bottom of a milk carton. Cut out the bottom of the milk carton 4 inches from the bottom. Wash it out and dry. Glue the milk carton bottom to the strip of wood in the middle. If you have done it correctly, there should be 3 inches of wood on each side. Drill two holes on each end and loop two pieces of string through the holes. Tie the ends to a tree branch and fill with bird seed.

Egg Carton Bird Feeder

Cut off the lid of an egg carton and keep the bottom for the bird feeder. Fill the cartons with bird seed and poke holes in each corner of the egg carton. Tie a piece of string through each hole. Gather the ends of the string together and tie into one knot. Hang from a tree and enjoy!

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