RSPB
Skip navigation
Print page

Make a recycled bird feeder

Make a bird feeder from the bottles you would throw away.

Stuff you need

Plastic drinks bottles, yoghurt pots or milk cartons (make sure they're clean), wire or string, bird seed, scissors.

Plastic bottles Milk carton String Wire Seeds Scissors

Important notes

This will require adult help with cutting. Be aware of nut allergies.

Steps

Cut a hole in the side large enough to allow a free flow of seeds, but in such a way that it won’t all fall out on the ground in the slightest puff of wind, and won’t get wet if it rains.

Make a recycled bird feeder - Step 1

Make a few small holes in the bottom of your feeder to allow any rainwater to drain away.

Make a recycled bird feeder - Step 2

Hang it with wire, or even strong string from a tree or your washing line.

Make a recycled bird feeder - Step 3

If your feeder starts to wear out or the food in it goes mouldy, recycle it and make another one!
Remember to keep your feeders well stocked, especially in winter. Birds come to rely on them and will go hungry if you forget.

Make a recycled bird feeder - Step 4

Make a recycled bird feeder This activity counts towards a Wildlife Action Award.

Stay safe!

Don’t do this if you are allergic to nuts. Be careful with knives and scissors. Ask an adult if you need help.