How to Make a Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Sharp knife or scissors
  • Wooden chopstick, wooden dowel or wooden spoon
  • Masking tape
  • Funnel
  • Birdseed
  • String, wire or twine

Experienced home gardeners know that it's not just the plants that make a garden special; it's also the wildlife. Birds in particular add much to a garden, from the way they look to the fact that some eat undesirable insects. In the winter months, however, birds' food becomes scarce in some areas. Invite non-migratory birds to linger through the cold winter in your garden by providing them with food in an up-cycled bird feeder made from a plastic soda bottle and other simple-to-find materials.

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Remove and set aside a plastic soda bottle's cap. A soda bottle cap usually needs to be unscrewed for its removal. Rinse the soda bottle thoroughly with clean water.

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Soak the bottle in warm water until its label loosens, and remove the label. Let the bottle air-dry.

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Cut a quarter-size hole about 4 inches above the bottom of the soda bottle, using a sharp knife or scissors. Cut a second quarter-size hole opposite the first hole.

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Cut a small X -- about 1/4-inch wide -- roughly 1/2 inch below each quarter-size hole you made in the bottle.

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Slide a wooden chopstick, wooden dowel or wooden spoon -- handle first -- through the two X cuts. Both ends of the chopstick, dowel or spoon should protrude from the soda bottle, providing two perches for birds that come to feed.

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Cover the quarter-size holes with masking tape. Place a funnel in the soda bottle's top opening, and fill the bottle with birdseed.

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Remove the funnel from the soda bottle. Put the cap tightly back on the bottle.

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Tie string, wire or twine around the cap or the soda bottle's neck. Create a loop from which to hang the soda bottle.

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Hang the bottle, which is now a bird feeder, outdoors. Remove the masking tape from the bird feeder's quarter-size holes, allowing birds access to the birdseed.

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