Building a soda bottle bird feeder is a nice and quick project you can do that will allow you to enjoy some wild bird viewing in your yard. Great for kids and adults alike, this project should only take you about 20 minutes, is virtually free and a great way to get involved in bird watching.
Step 1 – Clean the Bottle
Remove the label, clean and dry the 2 liter bottle.
Step 2 – Drill First Holes
Drill a 1/16 inch in the cap and the bottom of the bottle to feed the wire through. If your wire is thicker, you can drill a hole of bigger thickness.
Step 3 – Feed the Wire
Take the cap off of the bottle and feed the wire through the bottom of the 2 liter and then through the cap, coming from the inside out. Put the cap back on the bottle and secure the wire onto the neck of the bottle. Create a loop on the end with about 4 inches of wire to facilitate hanging the bottle.
Step 4 – Drill Holes for the Perches
Drill two holes about 5/16 inches wide or whatever the size of sticks you will be using. These should go near the feeder or cap end on opposite sides from one another. Insert the perches so that they cross in the center.
Step 5 – Drill Holes for Seeds
Depending on what kinds of seeds you will be using, you will need to create different sized holes for the birds to access the seeds. If using sunflower seeds, cut 5/16 inch holes about 1 ½ to 2 inches above the perches. For smallerseeds, cut small slits just ¼ inch to 1/8 inch long about 1 ½ inches above the perches.
Step 6 – Fill the Feeder
Fill the bird feeder only about halfway, so that the seed will remain fresh until the birds begin to access the new feeder. You will need to refill it periodically based on how many birds the feeder attracts.
Step 7 – Hang the Feeder
Hang your feeder on a tree branch or other element in your yard and sit back and wait for the birds to come. If you are making your bird feeder for your kids, make sure to hang it low enough so that it is easily viewable for them.
It may take a little while for the birds to find the feeder, so don’t be discouraged. Be sure to hang it high enough that it is out of the way of other predators like cats so that the birds can enjoy their meal in peace.
This easy project can help beautify your yard with some nice colorful birds. Gather the supplies and build your own bird feeder for hours of magnificent viewing from your very own vantage point.