Monday, January 30, 2012


How to Make a Bird-feeder From Water-bottles! (tutorial/instructions)

We've noticed a lot of birds out during the last few mornings, and decided to make a little bird-feeder from water-bottles for them!  It's a very easy and fun project, though it does require some supervision.  Depending on your children's ages and attention spans, you may even want to pre-cut the bottles for them. 

For you visually-oriented people, here's a diagram of the entire process:

If you want a step-by-step, here you go:

1.  Prepare the bottles.  Cut the flat bottom off of Bottle 1 and save it for a lid.  Cut the pointed top off of Bottle 2 and recycle it (or throw it away...sigh).  From Bottle 2, cut two holes near the bottom for a stick to go through (see diagram) and two holes to use as doors (about an inch above the stick holes--see diagram).

2.  Thread a long piece of yarn through the doors to use as a hanger.  Make sure it is not in the way of step 3.

3.  Squish and slide Bottle 1 (Tip A first) into Bottle 2 until Tip A is below the bottom of the doors.

4.  Fit a stick through the holes for the birds to sit on.

5.  (Everyone's favorite part!) Pour birdseed into your new bird-feeder!  Squish the lid on and find a cool spot to hang your new bird-feeder!  It may take a day or two for the birds to find your feeder, but they will come!  Try to learn the names of all the birds who come to visit!


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Olives and Pickles said...

great idea. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! The kids and I are going to make one of these. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Adventure Academy Mom said...

What an easy project for the kids. Mine love birds this will be great fun. Thanks.

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks for coming by, Patty!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, I'm so glad you can use it!

Adventure Academy Mom, My kids love birds too! I hope you have a blast!

Unknown said...

You'll have to let us know if the squirrels are able to conquer this one!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

lol, Lisa! I hung this one from a really long string, so I'm hoping the squirrels can't get to it! So far, so good!

Tansy Dolls said...

I love this! My kiddo always wants more birdies in the yard, and we love recycled crafts!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Tansy Dolls! I love recycled projects too!

Cait said...

I have to come up with creative art crafts for elementary school students, and this fits the bill for science, art, environmental awareness, and gardening!!

Thank you for your great craft idea.