How to Make Bird Feeders From Plastic Containers


Bird feeders attract colorful, feathered wildlife. Feeders encourage birds to stop by your garden for a snack and maybe perform some pest control in the process. But commercial bird feeders can be expensive and flimsy. You can create your own bird feeder by using recycled plastic containers, such as those used for butter, yogurt or cottage cheese. The feeders will attract lovely birds and save a piece of refuse from the landfill at the same time.

Step 1

Heat the nail with the lighter. Use the pliers to grasp the nail.

Step 2

Push the nail steadily and gently through one side of the plastic container, just below the lid. Twist and turn the nail if needed. The heat will melt the plastic and allow the nail to create a tidy hole without cracking or splintering the plastic.

Step 3

Re-heat the nail and make another hole on the other side of the container, opposite from the first one, positioned just below the lid of the container.

Step 4

Use an old-fashioned triangle style can opener to make indentations in the plastic at the bottom of the container. Do not remove the strips of plastic, but allow them to remain. This will prevent seeds and feed from easily falling out.

Step 5

Heat the tip of the can opener with the lighter if you are having trouble punching holes without creating cracks or fractures in the plastic.

Step 6

Thread the length of rope through the holes at the top of the container. Tie the ends of the rope in a knot about 3 to 4 inches above the lid.

Step 7

After filling the container with feed, secure the lid with duct tape to prevent any intrepid creatures such as squirrels or chipmunks from prying it off to reach the feed.

Step 8

Hang your bird feeder in your desired location using the ends of the rope. A branch, awning or canopy are ideal choices.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic containers
  • Can opener
  • Nail
  • Lighter
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Pliers


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