DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

Calling all nature enthusiasts! Get ready to embark on a creative journey of recycling and birdwatching with our DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder activity. This hands-on project combines the joy of crafting with a commitment to sustainability. By repurposing a simple plastic bottle, we'll transform it into a delightful bird feeder that not only provides nourishment for our feathered friends but also helps reduce waste. Let's gather our materials, unleash our imagination, and discover the wonders of upcycling while creating a welcoming haven for our avian neighbors. Let's dive into this eco-friendly adventure and learn how we can make a difference for both birds and the planet!

Materials needed:

  • Clean and empty plastic bottles (e.g., soda bottles or milk jugs)
  • Scissors or utility knife (adult supervision required)
  • String or twine
  • Birdseed
  • Markers, paint, or stickers for decoration (optional)


  1. With adult supervision, use scissors or a utility knife to carefully cut out a large opening on one side of the plastic bottle. This will serve as the bird feeder's feeding area.
  2. Near the top of the bottle, punch two holes opposite each other.
  3. Thread a piece of string or twine through the holes and tie them together securely, creating a hanging loop for the bird feeder.
  4. Decorate the bottle with markers, paint, or stickers to make it visually appealing and engaging for kids.
  5. Fill the bottom of the bottle with birdseed, ensuring it reaches the feeding area.
  6. Hang the bird feeder in a suitable outdoor location, such as a tree or a balcony, where it is easily accessible for birds.
  7. Encourage children to observe and identify different bird species that visit the feeder, discussing the importance of providing food for birds and how upcycling the bottle helps reduce waste.

This activity not only teaches kids about recycling and upcycling but also allows them to witness the benefits of their efforts as they attract and provide nourishment for birds in their surroundings. It's a hands-on way to foster environmental stewardship and appreciation for the natural world. Enjoy creating and observing the feathered visitors to your DIY bird feeder!

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