Imagine spending a quiet afternoon watching birds stop by for a quick lunch. All you have to do is hang your homemade soda bottle bird feeder, sit back and let the birds entertain you. This is a quick and easy project, which is a great way to teach kids to build something useful [source: PBS].
To build your soda bottle bird feeder, you'll need the following items.
- One-liter soda bottle, clean and dry
- Small-eye screw
- Two wooden spoons
- Utility knife
Here's how to build the bird feeder:
- Lay out all your supplies on a flat surface [source: Do It Yourself].
- Draw a ½-inch (12.7-millimeters) asterisk on the bottle, about 4 inches (101.6 millimeters) from the bottom.
- Turn the bottle a bit and draw another asterisk 2 inches (50.8 millimeters) from the bottom.
- Draw a 1-inch (25.4-millimeters) circle directly opposite each asterisk.
- Slit the lines of each asterisk and cut out both circles with the utility knife.
- Insert a wooden spoon handle through each hole and its corresponding asterisk.
- Remove the bottle cap.
- Screw the eye-screw into the top of the cap from the outside, and tie a length of twine to it.
- Fill the bottle halfway with birdseed [source: PBS].
- Replace the cap and hang the bottle from a tree [source: Disney Family Fun].
Now just sit back and watch. Be patient -- it may initially take a while for the birds to come.