Earth Day | Bird Feeders Made From Recycled Products

Today is Earth Day 2017, a day when we are reminded to reuse, recycle and repurpose everyday items that might otherwise end up in our landfills and further pollute our planet. If everyone did their part to recycle, we could reduce the amount of garbage we produce and lessen the impact it has on our planet. I read an article online today that said the average person throws away approximately 2 1/2 pounds (1.134 kg) of trash per day- that’s a lot of garbage! Just think about all of the items that go in the trash at home, school, and work, then multiply that times the 319 million people that live in the United States or the 7.4 billion people in the world.  It’s mind boggling! What are we going to do when we run out of landfill space? And do we really want to continue looking at landfills? Something needs to be done and recycling is a great way to start.

I was going to save these projects for a later post, but today seemed like the perfect day to build some bird feeders using recycled materials. Most of us have these items in our homes right now. Below I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to turn four everyday items into no-cost bird feeders that can be filled with a variety of foods and hung outdoors for your favorite songbirds. This is a great project to get the kids involved with as well.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 Gallon Milk Jug
  • Large Laundry Soap Bottle
  • Large Coffee Can (empty & clean)
  • Pie Pan (Tin or Metal)
  • Wire
  • Razor blade or scissors
  • Aul or pointy screwdriver

Project 1 (Milk Jug)

  1.  Wash out and dry an empty milk jug. Be sure to save the cap. Cut a hole on each of the four sides (I used the label as my pattern.) Do not cut too low or you will not have enough room to hold the seed.
  2. Poke a hole in the top of the milk jug on each side of the cap. Insert a length of wire through the holes and tie well. (You can hide the tied end inside if you want.)
  3. Fill with seed or bread and hang from a post or tree. 

Project 2 (Laundry Soap Bottle)

  1. Wash out and dry an empty laundry soap bottle. Be sure to save the cap. Cut a hole on each side (I used the label as my pattern.) Do not cut too low or you will not have enough room to hold the seed.
  2. Poke a hole in the top of the bottle on each side just below the cap. Insert a length of wire through the holes and tie well. (You can hide the tied end inside if you want.)
  3. Fill with seed or bread and hang from a post or tree.

Project 3 (Coffee Can & Pie Pan)

  1. Wash out and dry an empty coffee can and an old pie pan. Keep the lid for the coffee can.
  2. Cut 4-6 3/4 inch (2 cm) holes, evenly spaced, near the bottom of the coffee can. (This is for access to the seed.)
  3. Turn the coffee can over, place the pie pan on it, facing down, and poke 4 holes near the center, about 1 inch apart where you will attach the two pieces with wire.
  4. Cut 2 lengths of wire and place through the holes, tying tightly.
  5. Poke 2 holes near the top of the can, just below the lid, one on each side. Cut a length of wire as we did with the other feeders and tie and hide the tied end inside the can.
  6. Fill with birdseed and hang from a tree or pole.

There are so many items you can substitute for the above projects, but I hope these bird feeder projects will get your imagination going and motivate you to recycle, reuse and repurpose everyday items and make the Earth a greener place for not only ourselves but for our kids and future generations. It only takes one person to make a difference. Please let us know in the comments how you make the planet greener, and if you made any of these projects, we’d love to see pictures. Thanks for reading. Please share this article with your friends, family and coworkers.