Add some flutter to your yard with this simple spring activity. Use an empty Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day container or a plain plastic bottle to create an upcycled bird feeder that will delight kids and their flying friends.
- Empty, clean container
- 2 old wooden spoons
- Utility knife
- Small eye screw
- Heavy-duty twine
- Permanent marker
If you used a plain container, consider coloring it. Use your imagination, but stay away from shiny materials or small 3-D embellishments that could be mistaken as birdfood.
STEP 1 Take your empty container and wash it thoroughly, making sure to remove any and all residue.
STEP 2 With a permanent marker, draw an asterisk (approximately 1/2 inch in diameter) halfway down the container. Rotate the bottle 180 degrees, and draw another asterisk 3/4 of the way down.
STEP 3 Opposite each asterisk, draw a circle wide enough to fit your spoon (approximately 1 inch in diameter). Be sure each circle is approximately 1/2 inch lower than the asterisk on the opposite side.
STEP 4 Use a utility knife (adults only) to carefully cut along the asterisk lines and to cut out each circle. Place the spoons through each hole handle first.
STEP 5 Using the funnel, gently pour birdseed through the top until container is 3/4 of the way full.
STEP 6 Screw the small eye screw into the lid, and recap your container. Use the heavy-duty twine to hang your completed bird feeder from a tree branch, and watch as feathered friends flock for food.