Monday 22 April 2024

Earth Day Craft: Turn a Bottle into a Bird Feeder

Today is Earth Day, and the focus this year is on trying to reduce single-use plastic. Obviously it's best to avoid buying plastic things in the first place, but most of us still sometimes do. The video at the top shows how to turn a plastic bottle into a bird feeder, created by the Natural History Museum. I'm going to have a go at crafting one myself today from the empty squash bottle you can see in the photo on right.

Here are instructions in writing:

Materials neded
  • Plastic bottle (with cap)
  • A stick (or two)
  • A pin
  • Scissors
  • String

Making the bird feeder
  • Clean the bottle and unscrew the cap off.
  • Punch several small holes in the bottle's bottom with the pin.
  • Punch two level pin-holes on opposite sides of the bottle, near the base, then widen these slightly with scissors.
  • Push a stick through the holes, leaving enough poking out for birds to perch on. 
  • Cut small holes a little way above the perches for the birds to reach the seed. 
  • If the bottle is big enough you can make another set of perches and holes at right angles to the first.
  • Punch two pin-holes on opposite sides of the bottle's neck and thread string through these to hang it from.
  • Fill the bottle with a bird food and screw the cap back on.
  • Hang the feeder outdoors in a sheltered place.
If you can't find a new use for any plastic bottles, please recycle them when you've finished with them.

EDIT: The picture at the  bottom, next to this, shows the bottle bird-feeder I made on Earth Day after writing the original post.

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