Let's Make a Bird Feeder
Aaallllright we’re back with another amazing ‘episode’ of Green Tip Tuesday! I hope everyone is doing as excellent as we are over here. Fall is coming faster than ever and we couldn’t be feeling better (unless there was snow on the ground). I’ve even seen leaves turning color and falling off of a tree. It was only one tree, but winter is coming. And with that said let’s get right into this week’s Green Tip.
Just as we are getting ready for autumn (at least a few of us are), so are our natural counterparts surrounding us. When I think of autumn, one thing that comes to mind are the birds getting ready to withstand a cold winter or are preparing for the journey south. This can be a strenuous time for them so we’re going to learn how we can help them out with some supplies that are easily accessible in any household, hopefully. Before you ask, we’re making a bird feeder, so not only will you be helping some bird buddies out, you’ll be able to see some pretty neat nature if you place it in the right area.
There are a bunch of different ways you can accomplish this task, but refer to the picture below for the basic concept. All you’ll need for this is an used plastic bottle, string, a plastic tray that is at least an inch and a half in diameter larger than the mouthpiece of the bottle, two wooden kabob skewers, and some bird seed. In the name of recycling I used an old gatorade bottle, an old plastic planter tray about five inches in diameter, and some old shoe strings because I couldn’t find any string. Oh yeah, you’ll need scissors, or something sharp to puncture holes with.
The bird feeder I made looks like there a lot going on, but it is pretty simple break down. That was my first attempt, I am working on a second prototype that is much more aesthetically appealing, please don’t make fun of this one. Anyway… Grab the plastic bottle and, peel the wrapper off, and grab the scissors. First we’re going to make small holes in the bottle that we are going to feed the string through. I made three holes about an inch and a half above the mouthpiece equal distances apart. Next, I made three more holes in planter tray, also equal distance apart. After that, I put a few more holes in the top of the bottle that are going to be the part we hang it from. FINALLY, I made two holes directly across from each other about 2 inches from the top of the mouthpiece. Don’t worry it gets more exciting.
String in hand, weave a nice long piece through the top holes so it can be hung, get that one over with first, you’re going to regret it later if you don’t, trust me. Grab three more lengths of string that are all equal length, I’d say at least 8 inches each. Put those pieces in the holes near the mouth of the bottle so they hang below the inside and outside of the mouth piece. Place two skewers through the holes directly across from each other, hanging out on either end (for the birds to stand on). Very carefully pour bird seed into the bottle as full as it can get. Use your string and tie the tray to the bottle so it hangs low enough to where the tops of the walls of the tray are just a tiny bit lower than the bottle of the mouthpiece. Now turn it upside down, hang it off something, and get your binoculars!
Boomtown, easy as that bird feeder and you probably didn’t even need to leave the living room. Have fun watching the birds this week folks!