Monday, March 18, 2013

DIY Glass Bottle Bird-Feeders

I recently conducted a class for the Master Gardener chapter that I'm a member of on making bird-feeders utilizing natural sources, recycled materials and re-purposed items. Of course the best bird-feeder is what nature provides: nuts, seeds and fruit from native trees, shrubs and wildflowers (and native insects)... Here's my hand-out for my "bird" talk I give:  Creating a Bird Garden

But - this class was all about creating bird-feeders and I came up with a few originals and I experimented with several I found on the Internet. I loved how my DIY Wine Bottle Bird-Feeders turned out, but drilling the holes in the bottles takes a little practice to perfect the skill (and I still shatter a few bottles occasionally). This DIY, however, is similar and requires no tools - drills, drill bits, etc...

  • Recycled glass water bottle - it must have a threaded cap (carbonated water, seltzer water, sparkling water, mineral water etc.). Wine bottles (even if they have a threaded cap) won't work.
  • (Gadjit) premade plastic feeder base. You can occasionally find these adapters (they are designed to make a feeder out of a plastic 2 liter soda bottle) at a pet store, but you can also purchase one from my Etsy shop for $3.50 - click here: Rebecca's Bird Gardens (Etsy)
  • 6 or 8 gauge copper wire (Home Depot - less than a dollar per foot). 8 gauge is easier to bend, but I like the look of the thicker gauge (6 gauge).

Male Cardinal
How to:

Wrap the copper wire around the bottle. Start at the neck of the bottle (I make a small loop in the wire to have something to hold onto while I twist the wire). Continue wrapping the wire around the bottle making a hook or S shape at the top for hanging.  -Add some "bling" (jewelry pendant, etc.). 

Add birdseed - hang the feeder - watch the action!

Tufted Titmouse
Female House Finch (or is it a female Purple Finch?)
Male House Finch ~ Male Cardinal
House Finch ~ Carolina Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker

Featured at Better Homes and Gardens! - Recycled-Bottle Bird Feeder

This glass bottle bird-feeder, "The Bistro", is always available in the Etsy shop!  Decorative accents - your choice at checkout -  large tree (words in leaves), smaller tree or flower - all pendants are copper colored metal. Each feeder is unique and design will vary slightly.
Shop at this link: Rebecca's Bird Gardens - Etsy

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  1. Glass Bottles have so many advantages -First of all, they’re reusable. On average our bottles have a return rate of 80% and get reused 6-8 times, so that’s definitely good for the environment. But glass bottles also keep your milk colder in the fridge and therefore it lasts longer.

  2. What size bottle did you use was it a 750ml or a 330ml?

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  4. Thank you for sharing! They are very fun!

  5. Why did you say threaded wine bottles won't work?


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