Make A Decorative Feeder To Help Lure Birds Into Your Yard

Posted on: 8 April 2016

If you like watching birds, make a decorative bird feeder with the following steps to help lure several varieties into your yard. Once the bird feeder is hung from a tree near your home, have fun identifying the different kinds of birds that eat from the feeder.  


  • plastic bottle with cap
  • soapy water
  • handheld scrub brush
  • stencils
  • two-sided tape
  • nontoxic craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • power drill
  • wooden spoons
  • birdseed
  • metal hook
  • thick twine
  • scissors

Clean The Bottle And Add A Painted Design

Remove any labels from the bottle's exterior. If any residue remains on the plastic once the labels have been eliminated, remove it with soapy water and a handheld scrub brush. Rinse the bottle's interior and exterior with plain water and wait for it to dry. Use two-sided tape to attach stencils that depict pictures of birds or another design that you like to various parts of the bottle's exterior. Paint the cut out portion of each stencil with bright colors of non-toxic craft paint. Wait for the paint to dry and remove the stencils from the bottle. 

Create Holes And Insert Wooden Spoons

Use a power drill to create two sets of holes in the bottle that are lined up across from each other. Place one set near the top of the bottle and the other set further down. Insert the end of a wooden spoon through one of the holes and push it through the bottle until it is connected to the other hole. Make sure that end with the spoon is pushed against the bottle's exterior with the bottom of the spoon facing the bottom of the bottle. Insert the other spoon in the same manner.

Fill the bottle with birdseed and secure the bottle's cap. If the holes that were drilled are large enough, birdseed will spill out onto the spoons. If this is not happening, make the holes that are located next to the spoon ends a little bit larger.

Secure A Hook And Attach Twine

Insert a hook with a circular end into the top of the bottle cap. Cut a piece of thick twine that is a few feet long. Insert one end of the twine through the hook's opening and knot it. Tie the other end of the twine to a low-lying tree branch that is near your home. Enjoy watching birds eat from the feeder each day. When the birdseed level goes down, fill the bottle up so that birds will continue spending time on your property.

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