Turn an old Pop Bottle into a Bird Feeder

For this project you will need: An empty 2 litre pop bottle A garden cane/plant stick or a length of 6mm dowel A short piece of wire (an old coat hanger will do very nicely) Something to make holes in the pop bottle, eg a drill or a sharp knife with a pointed blade. A hot wire cutter, or even a soldering iron, can also be used. In many ways these melting tools are the best way to make precise holes in a pop bottle, but beware the fumes given off when burning through plastic, only work in a well ventilated room and avoid breathing in the smoke. 1 Prepare the bottle Sugary pop residues inside your feeder are an open invitation for germs to flourish, so peel off the label and rinse inside to clear out any remaining pop. 2 Make the perches The birds using the feeder need somewhere to stand and this is where the dowels/plant sticks come in. Cut one or two perches, each about 240 mm long. Drill (or punch or melt) a pair of holes of a size to suit your perch on opposite sides of the bottle. These need to be on the cylindrical portion of the bottle but as near to the funnel shaped section at the top as is practicable. Your perches need to make a tight fit into these holes, so choose an appropriate drill size—the springiness of the plastic helps here, a slightly undersized hole will grip the perches very nicely. Push the dowel/plant cane through the holes. A 2 litre pop bottle is quite big enough to hold four birds at once so, if desired, make a second pair of holes at right angles to and about 12 mm above the first set, then install a second set of perches. 3 Make the feeding holes Drill/punch/melt a feeding hole about 30 to 40 mm above each perch. Feeding holes need to be big enough to let your feed be pecked out by the birds, but not so big that the feed just pours out all the time anyway. For Farmer Phil’s Sunflower Seeds, the ideal size is a slot shaped hole about 4 mm by 8 mm. For other seeds the size can be a little smaller; Niger Seed in particular needs only a tiny hole, say 3 mm across. 4 Make a hanging loop The finished feeder will hang upside down, so we need to make a wire hanging loop in the base of the bottle. Drill/punch/melt a pair of small holes in the bottom of the bottle: 2 mm holes will be just about right if you’re using a coat hanger. Bend one end of the wire into a U shape and thread it in through one hole and out through the other. 5 Fill the bottle Remove the cap and pour your seed into the bottle. A pop bottle has quite a narrow mouth so you can make this job much, much easier by using the funnel shaped section cut off a second empty pop bottle as, well, a funnel. Replace the cap when filled. 6 Hang outside Then sit back, within a few days your recycled feeder should have a steady stream of visitors. Enjoy.
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