DIY Bottle Bird Feeders

Make use of a recycled glass bottle and invite birds into your garden with a homemade bird feeder. We'll show you how to make one, while adding your own flair.

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    Recycled-bottle Bird Feeder

    After making green-roof birdhouses, Rebecca and Jeff Nickols of Strafford, Missouri, wanted to tackle more environmentally-friendly bird projects. Rebecca's bird feeder is made with a pretty green-glass water bottle and heavy copper wire. The wire supports the bottle and adds a flourish. A small ornament can be attached to the copper wire, like a charm on a bracelet. A feeder attachment designed for this purpose will turn a bottle with a screw top into a bird feeder.

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    Step 1: Gather the Materials

    Rebecca suggests using safflower seeds or black-oil sunflower seeds to fill your feeder. She says safflower is a good choice if you have a problem with squirrels, but sunflower seeds will attract the widest variety of birds.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    About 3 feet of 6-gauge copper wire

    Vise grip pliers

    Glass water bottle with a screw top

    Spool of 20-gauge copper wire

    Ornament

    Jewelry pliers

    Soda-bottle feeder attachment

    Birdseed

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    Step 2: Grab the Wire

    Grab the end of the 6-gauge copper wire with the vise grip, protecting the copper with a piece of fabric, and make a tight curl.

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    Step 3: Hold in Place

    Hold the curled end near the neck of the bottle.

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    Step 4: Wind the Wire

    Wind the wire around the bottle two or three times. The wire supports the bottle, but it does not need to be snug.

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    Step 6: Make a Curl

    Turn it 90 degrees and make a large curl, holding the wire with the vise grips. The feeder will hang from this twist of wire.

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    Step 7: Attach Your Ornament

    Cut a length of thin copper wire, attach the ornament, and twist the wire onto the larger copper wire around the bottle.

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    Step 8: Make Tiny Curls

    With the jewelry pliers, put a handsome little curl on each end of this lighter wire.

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    Step 9: Fill and Hang

    Fill the bottle with birdseed and screw on the soda-bottle feeder attachment. Hang your bird feeder from a branch or a shepherd's crook.

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