Summer Activities for Kids: DIY Bird Feeder

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I know I’ve mentioned before, but I love crafts that use recycled materials!  There is something so fun about being able to create something new from something old.

Sometimes the things that we craft with were bound for the trash can.  That’s how the idea for our DIY bird feeders was born.  I was going to throw away an empty juice bottle and thought I could reuse as a summer activity for the kids!

Ready for this super easy tutorial for how to make a bird feeder? I encourage you to make one this weekend and also check out all of our summer activities for preschoolers and kids right here on Crystal & Co. We have lot of things to keep everyone busy!

how to make a bird feeder

My kids love feeding and watching the birds, so when I rescued the apple juice container from the trash I knew I wanted to make a bird feeder. 

This is not only a recycled craft, but it is also super easy and quick!  We had our feeder up and full of bird seed in less then 30 minutes!

how to make a bird feeder

Besides the birdseed, you will need:

  • An empty plastic bottle
  • Scissors
  • Jute (or similar)

how to make a bird feeder

There are three simple steps to create your own bird feeder.

  • Step one – punch a hole through the top and add your string.
  • Step two – tie a knot in your string.
  • Step three – cute a hole in your plastic container.

summer activities for kids: how to make a bird feeder

All you have to do is add your bird seed and find a place to hang it.  The string you tied makes a great hook to hang your bird feeder in a tree.

I used a paint marker to add a few doodles on the plastic bottle to make it stand out a bit.

I didn’t want to paint the entire bottle because it might come off on the bird.

Make a DIY bird feeder

We really had fun making our bird feeders!  When we finish another apple juice, we are going to make more feeders.

Next time I will cut the hole in the container a little higher so that it can hold more bird seed.

Our feeder was a fun, simple and easy craft that will entertain the kids for hours in the future!

Do you like to recycle materials and craft with them?

Kelley is the mastermind in charge of her family.   She loves to spend time crafting, cooking and making her kids laugh. She believes she was destined to be a comedian but has put her stand up dreams on hold to raise her two kids. She blogs about her family at and often entertains her readers with her wise cracks.


  1. Katherine G says:

    This is a great craft idea. Might try this with my kids.

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