Build it and they will come.

This bird feeder is a great way to get a bit creative and attract feathered friends to your garden.

Materials Required

Bird seed
2 pieces of old fence paling
Glass (milk/juice) bottle
Metal jar lid about 100-120mm diameter
4 x tacks
3 x wood screws
A hook
Wood glue

Tools Required

  • Power drill
  • Wire cutters


  1. Cut wood to size to suit the bottle you’re going to use. You’ll need two pieces, one for the back and one for the shelf.
  2. Hold the bottle in place against the wood and mark four holes on timber where the wire will be threaded.
  3. Drill 4 holes, just wide enough to fit the wire through.
  4. Glue the shelf to piece of backing timber. Once the glue dries, reinforce with 3 wood screws.
  5. Paint wood if desired.
  6. Tack an old jar lid onto the base, resting the side of it up against the backing timber.
  7. Attach bottle to shelf by threading flexible wire through the holes, around the bottle and then using pliers, twist the wire tightly at the back to secure the bottle in place.
  8. Remove bottle so that you can attach the feeder to the wall.
  9. Fill bottle with birdseed. Place a piece of tape over the opening to hold birdseed in place while you tip it upside down. Place bottle through wire holders, remove the tape to allow seed to fill the tin.
  10. Your restaurant for feathered friends is now officially open.

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