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How to Make Bird Feeders


Bird Condo Bird Feeder

Build a high-class, high-rise Bird Condo Bird Feeder for your feathered friends outdoors.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic 1/2-gallon milk or orange juice container with handle
  • Scissors
  • Craft stick or small dowel
  • Newspaper
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Wire coat hanger

Step 1: Wash the container thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Let dry.

Step 2: On the opposite side from the handle, about halfway down, cut a circular hole about two inches wide. Half an inch below the hole, poke the craft stick or small dowel about 1-1/2 inches into the container. This is the bird's perch.

Step 3: Spread out the newspaper, and stuff the sphagnum moss into the bottle until it comes up to the entry hole. (Birds like dryer lint, too.)

Step 4: Untwist the coat hanger, and wire the birdhouse, through the handle, to a tree limb not too close to the trunk. (You may need an adult's help to do this part.) Wire it tight enough so that the house doesn't sway too much in the wind. Wait for your bird friends to move in.

Help birds cool off with the bird feeder you'll learn about next.

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