This past weekend my son was given a homework assignment to find an object that could be recycled or repurposed into something new and useful.
[DISCLAIMER: by useful, we don’t mean turning a regular piece of paper into a paper airplane which another boy certainly did do as his project; I noted that you may as well take a Jimmy John’s napkin and blow your nose in it and call that recycling].
Instead we turned to the wonderful world of youTube for some ideas. What we came up with is a bird feeder that I will actually use after the grading is done! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to make one with your kids–it’s the perfect way to welcome spring!
You will need:
- 1 empty [2L] bottle
- one 1/4 in dowel precut to about 10 inches
- an exacto knife for cutting
- a drill
- bird seed
- string for hanging
- Grab an empty 2Liter bottle from your recycle bin and strip away the label.
- Using a craft blade or exacto knife, carefully cut two round circles across from each other in the bottle, approximately 4 inches from the bottom. These should be large enough to allow birds in but keep other pests out.
- Again using your exacto knife, slice a small “x” shape about an inch below each of the round circles [picture the straw hole in your fast-food drink lid].
- Insert your pre-cut dowel into the “straw hole” and through to the other side.
- Fill feeder with bird seed.
- Drill a small hole in the cap and insert a string for hanging.