Plastic bottle bird feeder

If you follow me on twitter, you will likely know I get very excited by the birds we have nesting in our garden. Lily wanted to make a plastic bottle bird feeder, so she could feed them. I know we have at least 3 nests in the garden, 2 robin nests and one blackbird. I suspect there may be a fourth, but I’ve not confirmed it yet.

So we decided to make a plastic bottle bird feeder, I’ve never done it before so we went for a very simple design. We got a empty 2 litre bottle, and I cut out a big hole about 3/4s of the way down. Then I made two small holes about 3/4s of the way up, and put a stick through. Then tied some string to each end so it can be hung up. Lily being Lily, she wanted to decorate it. So I printed of some pictures of birds, for her to colour in. Then we taped them onto the bottle, before putting in the seed.

Plastic bottle bird feeder

We didn’t have much seed, ideally it needs quite a bit more in the bottle. I’m also trying to find a tray for it to go in to make it easier for the birds, especially the bigger ones to get at the seed.

Easier alternative

We also made a much easier alternative for young children to make. Lily pretty much made this one herself, using a piece of cardboard, bird seed and some peanut butter. Lily cut the card board into a square, then she mixed the peanut butter and bird seed in a bowl. She then spread the mixture on the cardboard, it’s as easy as that.

Peanut butter bird seed

I used a whole punch to make a hole at the top, and tie some string through, so it can hung up if needed. Lily was really excited to put them out in the garden, I just hope the birds like them now!

Have you ever made a DIY bird feeder, if so how did it go? Did the birds use it? Let us know in the comments.

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40 thoughts on “Plastic bottle bird feeder

  • June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm
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    This is so cute! My kids would love this! Seems like a simple enough project when you’re cooped up inside. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

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    • June 7, 2020 at 5:08 pm
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      Thank you, the cutting of the bottle is the only tricky bit, depending on the age and ability of the child, other wise it easy and doesn’t take to long.

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  • June 7, 2020 at 8:03 pm
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    Aw this is so cute, I’m sure the birds will love it.

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    • June 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm
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      Thank you, I sure hope they do.

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  • June 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm
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    Nice handy work, lovely decorations from Lily too, great job!

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    • June 7, 2020 at 10:14 pm
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      Thank you mate, thought it was a decent effort, made much better by the decorations.

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  • June 7, 2020 at 9:10 pm
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    Good to see you looking after the local wildlife, great stuff!

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    • June 7, 2020 at 10:15 pm
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      Always like to look after the wildlife where we can 😊

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  • June 7, 2020 at 10:27 pm
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    Such a good idea. We have a few feeders in our garden and get quite a few different types of bird. I’ll have to give this a go.

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    • June 8, 2020 at 10:22 am
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      I’ve wanted some feeders for a while, we always had them in the garden when I was a kid 😳

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  • June 7, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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    This is such a cute idea and it’s great seeing you taking care of the local wildlife! Also Lily did a brilliant job of decorating it – thanks for sharing x

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    • June 8, 2020 at 10:24 am
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      Thank you, Lily always has a way to make things extra cute 🤣

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  • June 8, 2020 at 8:14 am
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    Such a simple idea yet really effective, and even better than it helps the local wildlife!

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    • June 8, 2020 at 10:25 am
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      Thank you, gets more use out of some plastic, and gives back to nature for a while 😊

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  • June 8, 2020 at 10:34 am
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    What a great idea! It looks so lovely, it is great that you are helping the wildlife too! It is decorated so well!

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    • June 8, 2020 at 3:48 pm
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      Thank you, it was fun too do and hopefully results in happy birds in the garden 😊

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  • June 8, 2020 at 10:43 am
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    It might stop those birds from eating all of your strawberries 😂

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    • June 8, 2020 at 3:49 pm
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      Haha yeah that would be nice, now to stop the slugs…

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    • June 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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      A lovely way to reuse plastic bottles. Will have a go with a smaller bottle

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      • June 9, 2020 at 3:30 pm
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        Certainly is, I will have to check out your attempt next time we are round.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 11:08 am
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    Aw, that picture of the birds is so cute, kudos to Lily! We have bird feeders in our garden and Flora made some with pine cones smeared with peanut butter and bird seeds too – both are equally popular! Lisa

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    • June 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm
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      Thank you, I love that pine cone idea, we will have to try that.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm
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    This is such a great idea which I’m sure the birds will love.

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    • June 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm
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      Thank you, we hope that they do 😊

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    • June 8, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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      Thank you, it’s a great one for the kids, especially if they like animals.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 2:38 pm
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    Great ideas buddy. Never thought of the seed and peanut butter. The girls like to do feeders from empty 4 pint milk bottles.

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    • June 8, 2020 at 4:11 pm
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      Cheers mate, I like the 4 pint milk bottle idea, I might give that a try.

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    • June 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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      The peanut butter trick is something Lily did at school last year, I’d never heard of it before then.

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  • June 8, 2020 at 6:59 pm
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    What a great way of recycling and helping out the birds. My neighbours have used a milk carton/plastic bottle for their garden. Haven’t made a bird feeder like this before, but have made fat balls for the birds.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    • June 8, 2020 at 11:34 pm
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      Thank you, we want to try the milk bottle one…when the milk bottle is empty 😂

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  • June 8, 2020 at 8:43 pm
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    I love this!! Going to give it a go as soon as we get the cat a new bell. So he is easily heard before pouncing 🙈

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    • June 8, 2020 at 11:34 pm
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      Hah yeah, definitely wait for the cats bell 😂

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  • June 12, 2020 at 9:08 pm
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    This is a marvelous plastic bottle bird feeder, and I love it because I just made a plastic bottle bird feeder! I used a vodka bottle, and spent an hour struggling to cut the holes out for the birds to peck the seeds, but it was worth it!

    We love to cover pine cones in peanut butter and sprinkle them with bird seed, but that is also a good way to attract squirrels . . .

    I also nominated you for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award! Details at https://ninchronicles.wordpress.com/2020/06/12/ideal-inspiration-blogger-award/

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    • June 12, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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      We’ve never had any squirrels in the garden, that would be pretty cool. We’ve had the odd mouse and rat, they come from the fields at the back of us.
      Thank you for the nomination 😊

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  • June 13, 2020 at 8:04 pm
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    Great to see the young kids of today, still doing traditional activities and looking out for wildlife!

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    • June 13, 2020 at 9:15 pm
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      Thank you, I agree it’s great to do some of the traditional things still, and they still enjoy them the same as I did.

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