This project appeared in our January 23, 2004 Newsletter.
Two Liter Bird Feeder
RunnerDuck readers Ziggy and Rena sent us this weeks project. It's a really simple bird feeder that would be fun to make with your kids. There is some cutting involved so be sure to supervise them with sharp objects.
Now you are ready to fill your bird feeder. Turn it so the cap is pointing up (as if to take a drink out of it) and using a funnel pour the bird seed into the bottle. Replace the cap, turn upside down, and seed should come out of the tabs you cut into the neck.
Here's what you'll need:
An empty 2 liter pop bottle
A pie tin. We used a foil tin and it's a little flimsy
Needle nose pliers
Here are their instructions along with our comments.
About a half inch up the neck from where the bottle will inset into the pie tin you cut 4 tabs that open up to let the bird seed out. These tabs should be no bigger than 3/8 inch tall and no more than 1/4 inch wide and should be in the shape of a "U" and still connected at the top of the "U".
We found that the hole size really depends on the type of bird seed you use. Different parts of the country recommend different feed, for your local birds so size the holes accordingly.
Now you turn the bottle upside down and punch a hole on either side of the bottom.
Take a clothes hanger and cut down the center bottom of it until all you have is about 1/2 inch pointing in from both sides. Curl the 1/2 inch in so it looks like a hook and insert into the holes you made in the bottom of the bottle.
You cut a whole in the center of the pie tin that the bottle top will fit through (without the cap on it).
After the bottle is through the tin you put the cap on. This should hold the tin and the bottle together even when bird seed is in it.
Find a place to hang it so the birds can get to it, so you can watch it, and so cats and such cannot get to it.
Thanks a million Ziggy and Rena for this neat bird feeder project. We love it when our readers send us these ideas!
We hope you liked this project. If you build it and your friends ask where you got such a clever idea, please tell them that you got it at RunnerDuck.com.
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