3 Easy DIY Bird Feeders from Recycled Materials

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Three easy DIY bird feeders made out of recycled materials

We are lucky enough to have a small garden where animals come to visit! So far we have had squirrels, cats, budgerigars, and a lot of other small birds. My kids love staring at the window, waiting to spy birds or squirrels.
So when the weather got colder, we decided to make these bird feeders to help the little birds find seeds.
Here are 3 easy diy bird feeders from recycled materials to make with your kids. These crafts are a great way to help birds cope with the coldest days of the year.

1 | DIY Bird feeders from milk cartons or juice cartons

VDIY Bird feeders from milk cartons

For this first bird feeder, we used a coconut milk carton that we painted.

Time needed: 20-25 minutes (excluding drying time).

You will need:

  • An empty milk or juice carton
  • A glue Gun
  • A paint spray
  • A box cutter or a knife
  • A garden wire
  • Bird seeds

Instructions to make a DIY bird feeder from milk cartons

Step 1: Cleaning the milk carton

Before starting to make the bird feeder itself, you will need to clean the milk carton and make sure it is completely dry. This will help minimize mold, mildew and other unhealthy conditions.

Step 2: Painting the milk carton

For the paint, you won’t be able to use acrylic paint or kids paint as it will fade if it rains. Instead use a spray that can resist to cold and rain.

Protect the area before spraying the paint over and leave the milk carton to dry.

Easy DIY Bird Feeders from recycled materials - Step 2 Painting the milk carton

Step 3: Making windows in the milk carton

With the box cutter, make two windows on two sides of the carton.
The sizes of your windows depend on the type of birds you usually see around. If you want to avoid big birds coming and stealing the seeds away from hummingbirds, go for a smaller hole.

Step 4: Decorating your bird feeder

This step is usually the kids favorite. Pick up some sticks from your garden or a park/forest nearby, and help the kids stick them on the milk carton to decorate and customize the bird feeder.

Easy DIY Bird Feeders from recycled materials - Step 4 decorating the bird feeder

We started by fixing two sticks perpendicularly to our milk carton and just under the windows, for the birds to reach out the windows easily.

Then we added small sticks on the top of the milk carton and longer ones on each face.
Finally we used a sellotape to decorate the little windows we made on Step 3.

Step 5: Filling the bird feeder with bird seeds

For this step, you can take off the lid of the milk carton and add the bird seeds from their, or use the windows.

Step 6: Fixing your bird feeders

To fix the bird feeder to a tree, make a hole on the top of the milk carton with the box cutter and use a garden wire to fix it to the tree.

Easy DIY Bird Feeders from recycled materials - Step 6 Fixing the bird feeder to the tree

That’s it!

By the way, if you start feeding the birds on winter, you will need to keep doing that for the whole season as they will be relying on you. Check out these tips and tricks for winter birdfeeding.


2 | DIY Bird feeders from plastic bottles

DIY Bird feeders from plastic bottles

This recycled bird feeder is a slight variation of the previous one, using plastic bottles and popsicle sticks.

Time needed: 15 minutes (excluding drying time).

You will need:

  • An empty plastic bottle
  • Two popsicle sticks
  • A paint spray
  • A box cutter or a knife
  • A garden wire
  • Bird seeds

Instructions to make a DIY bird feeder from plastic bottles

Step 1: Cleaning the plastic bottle

To minimize mold, mildew and other unhealthy conditions, you will need to clean your plastic bottle and make sure it is completely dry.

Step 2: Painting the plastic bottle

Use a spray paint that will resist to cold and rainy conditions.

Step 3: Making windows in the plastic bottle

Be sure to perform this step yourself, as it can be dangerous for kids to try and cut out windows out of the plastic bottle.

Watch out for cuts as the plastic might be sharp enough.

The side of the windows will depend on the type of birds you want to feed.

Step 4: Fixing the Popsicle sticks

In this step, you are going to be fixing the sticks for the birds to step on. You will want the sticks to be under the windows but not far away, so the birds can easily reach the seeds inside.

Start by making two holes facing each other on the bottle and insert your first stick through both holes.
Then add two other holes and insert your second stick, forming a 90 degrees angle with the first stick.

Step 5: Filling the bird feeder with bird seeds

For this step, you can take off the lid of the plastic bottle and add the bird seeds from their, or use the windows.

Easy DIY Bird Feeders from recycled materials - Step 5 filling the bird feeder with bird seeds

Step 6: Fixing your bird feeders

To fix the bird feeder to a tree, roll the garden wire on the top of your bottle just under the lid and then fix it to a tree.

DIY bird feeders from plastic bottle Step 6 1024x768 - 3 Easy DIY Bird Feeders from Recycled Materials

3 | Toilet paper roll bird feeder

Toilet paper roll bird feeder

This is the easiest and quickest recycled bird feeder out of the three described on this tutorial. However it won’t resist heavy rains.

Time needed: 5-10 minutes.

You will need:

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Two popsicle sticks
  • A knife
  • An empty plate
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seeds

Instructions to make a DIY bird feeder with a toilet paper roll

Step 1: Spreading peanut butter

Use a knife to spread peanut butter all over your clean toilet paper roll.

You do not need to use a lot of peanut butter

Step 2: Rolling your toilet paper roll in bird seeds

Spread the bird seeds on your empty plate and roll your toilet paper in it.

Step 3: Fixing the toilet paper roll on the tree

Once your toilet paper ready, find a stick on a tree and slide your toilet paper roll on it.

Toilet paper roll bird feeder - step 3 fixing the bird feeder on the tree

I hope you enjoyed these DIY bird feeders from recycled materials. Have you made some yourself? Did you spy any cute birds?

If you are interested by birds and are looking for some bird crafts to make with kids, check out these two articles:

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Check out all these three easy DIY bird feeders from recycled materials! These are great and easy crafts to make with kids of all ages!

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