To make a homemade bird feeder from a soda bottle, cut four holes in the bottle, insert a dowel, and add bird seed. This 20-minute project requires an empty, clean 1-liter bottle, a utility knife, masking tape, 1 yard of string, bird seed and a dowel about 8 inches long.
- Cut the feeder holes
Measure 4 inches up from the bottom of the bottle. Cut two 1-inch-wide holes at this height, directly across from one another.
- Cut the dowel holes
Measure 1/2-inch below the feeder holes, and cut small X shapes at this point. The X-shaped cut should be about 1/4-inch across, or wide enough to accommodate the dowel. Insert the dowel through the first cut, thread it through the bottle, and bring it out through the second cut. This is the perch.
- Fill the bottle
Cut two pieces of masking tape large enough to cover the feeder holes. Place the tape over the holes while you fill the bottle to prevent spillage. Pour bird seed into the bottle, filling it as much as you like. Tighten the cap onto the filled bottle.
- Hang the feeder
Cut the yard of string into two equal pieces. Tie one end of each string around the top of the bottle, just below the cap. One piece of string should be on each side of the bottle to distribute the weight. Tie the other ends of the string around a tree branch, and remove the masking tape.