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.
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
Soda-bottle feeder attachment
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.
Hold the curled end near the neck of the bottle.
Wind the wire around the bottle two or three times. The wire supports the bottle, but it does not need to be snug.
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.
Cut a length of thin copper wire, attach the ornament, and twist the wire onto the larger copper wire around the bottle.
With the jewelry pliers, put a handsome little curl on each end of this lighter wire.
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.