Upcycled Bird Feeder Craft

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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
  • Funnel
  • Utility knife
  • Small eye screw
  • Heavy-duty twine
  • Birdseed
  • 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.