How to Make a Bird Feeder from a Metal Bait Box

Once a carrying case for worms and other fishing bait, an old bait box is now home to a nest of songsters.

It's true what they say: One man's trash is another man's treasure. This saying holds especially true for this project. What was once a vessel that held slimy worms is now a fodder for birds of all kinds. Add brass house numbers to your vintage bird house for a personal touch.

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What You Need

  • Drill equipped with a 1 1/4-inch hole saw
  • Vintage bait box 
  • Metal file
  • Cyanoacrylate adhesive, such as Super Glue or Krazy Glue
  • Small doorknob plate
  • Wire cutter 
  • (3) vintage brass house numbers 
  • Epoxy adhesive 
  • 4–5 feet of rope 
  • 1-inch-wide spring

Step 1: Drill the Entrance Hole

To begin, make sure your drill is equipped with a 1 1/4-inch hole saw. From here, drill an entrance hole into the door of the bait box—this will be where the birds feed out of. Smooth the edges of the hole with a metal file.

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Step 2: Attach the Doorknob Plate

Apply cyanoacrylate adhesive to the back of the doorknob plate and position it about 1 inch below the bait box door. 

Editor's Tip: You can use any sort of circular element, such as an old metal button or washer, in place of the doorknob plate.

Step 3: Position the House Numbers

Using a wire cutter, clip the metal points off the backs of the vintage house numbers. Apply epoxy adhesive to the backs of the house numbers and position them a few inches below the bait box door.

Step 4: Hang the Birdhouse

Select the location for your birdhouse. Then measure and cut the desired length of rope to suspend the house. Thread the rope through the top of the bait box and tie it into a knot about 6 inches above the box. Slip the vintage spring onto the rope, and hang your birdhouse.

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