DIY Bird Feeder:
Surrounded by nature is the one wish that everyone craves for in this mechanical world. We all try to recreate a small green Zen area in our homes. The plants swaying in the gentle breeze, birds chirping happily all take us back to our childhood days when we would be running around in the fields or the parks near our homes. Getting potted plants inside the home and outside in the balcony definitely replicates a few years gone by. It’s getting the birds that become a point of concern!! An easy way to get the birds hopping around in your city homes is to make a DIY Bird Feeder.
Here is how you can make a DIY Bird Feeder:
- 1 or 2-liter plastic water bottle, 3-1/2 inches in diameter
- 6-1/2-inch clay pot
- 7-1/2-inch clay saucer
- 9-1/2-inch clay saucer
- Eye bolt, 1/4 inch by 5 inches
- Two 1/4-inch washers
- Two 1/4-inch nuts to fit eye bolt
- 12 inches of lightweight wire
- 48 inches of picture-hanging wire
- Fishing swivel
- Small tree branch, about 18 inches long
- Soak the terracotta flower pot and the saucers overnight. This is important as it is easier to drill a hole in terracotta pot and saucer or else it can break.
- The next morning take the terracotta pot and saucers out of the water and let the water drip dry. Once done, mark holes for drilling on the pot. Drilling can be done easily with a drill, use a ¼” bit to make holes in the pot.
- Using a drill, make holes in the center of the two saucers. Drill a few extra drain holes in the larger saucer. It is important to exercise caution while drilling terracotta, use the drill at a low-speed mode and apply pressure.
- Take the small tree twig and drill a hole in the stick as well carefully.
- The empty plastic bottle will hold all the seeds, press the bottle at the bottom of the flower pot. Make a mark just below the top of the pot and cut off the top of the bottle with a pair of scissors. Take a marker and mark the holes to allow the seeds to come out. The bottle holes have to be in alignment with the holes in the flower pot. Take a knife or scissors and cut out the holes in the bottle.
- Drill a hole at the bottom of the bottle.
- Take the eye bolt and screw it through the bottle, flower pot, saucer & stick.
- Take a wire and attach it to the eye bolt.
- Take the wire and put it through the hole in the smaller saucer of the two. Attach one end of the fish swivel to the top of the wire and a small loop of wire to the other end of the fish swivel. Now, hang the feeder with the small loop.
- Fill the empty bottle with seeds and your DIY Bird Feeder is ready to be hung!!
Making DIY Bird Feeder isn’t all that difficult, just a little time and craft skills and the bird feeder is ready without much ado.