Having birds chirping in your garden is pure ecstasy. But, in metros, you need to devise something to grab their attention. At the same time, you need to opt for birdhouses and feeders, which are created out of recycled stuff to ensure they don’t harm the environment. Here’s a list of feeders and bird homes that can sparkle your home in eco-friendly ways!
1. Soda bottle bird feeder: Take a bottle and cut proper holes for the bird. This simple project is a favorite among elementary schools. You will need a 1-2 liter soda bottle, wooden spoons or twigs just to make this simplistic yet efficient feeder. Uncommon goods also offer such a kit at $10 for those who want to take the easy way out.
2. Automatically refilling glass bottle bird feeder: The magazine Esprit Cabane provides detailed steps on utilizing wood scraps, wire, old glass and plastic bottles to create feeders. Three to four centimeter gap between the opening of the bottle and the base of the shelf should be maintained to allow the seeds fall out easily.
3. Milk carton bird feeder: A milk or juice carton can be used in a similar fashion as previous one. Punch out equal sized holes to serve as windows at 1-2 inches height from the base. Use fishing wire to hang the sweet little home from the branches.
4. Floppy disk bird feeder: Remove the metal edge from floppy and take out the magnetic disk and paper ring. Use glue and scissors to create a plastic box type house. It is a great way to recycle your old floppy disks.
5. Tray bird feeder: An aluminum screen is sufficient to create the tray with little aid from the nail and the hammer. Objects like old windows, picture frames will serve the purpose as well.
6. Plastic bottle hummingbird feeder: Make a hole by drilling out the center of a 1-liter bottle cap. Drill similarly through a small plastic takeout container to fit in bottle openings. Fill the bottles with flower nectars by mixing white granulated sugar with water in a 1:4 proportion. Color the setup with bright hues to attract hummingbirds.
7. Stylish plastic bottle bird feeder: Famous blogger Kate used an empty plastic 1-liter bottle to fit inside two Ball jar lids and used wood disks, a wood ball and spray paint to fine-tune it. A word of caution – don’t try this if you cannot use power screwdriver and a hacksaw. However, the result can be extremely satisfying if done correctly.