With warm weather bringing people outside, some may want to consider ways to attract birds. While some gardens host a variety of butterflies, homemade bird feeders may increase the likelihood of bird sightings.
There are many common household items that can be used to craft bird feeders. For example, rinse out a water or milk jug. Then cut open the sides, cut or drill holes for a thin dowel or chopstick perch, decorate as desired, add the birdseed and hang it in a tree.
Another everyday item to repurpose is a peanut butter jar. Clean the empty jar, place it on a plastic plant saucer and attach using nuts and bolts. Once assembled, tie the jar up with string or twine.
Instead of recycling or throwing it away, consider using a soda bottle to make a bird feeder. Attach a threaded rod by screwing it to the top of the bottle. Then cut out feeding holes in the side and use pencils, thin dowels, chopsticks or wooden spoons as perches.
In addition to containers, a soup ladle can also be used as a bird feeder — simply attach it to a board or sturdy backing material, fill it with birdseed and hang it on the side of a house, porch or deck. A Bundt or angel food cake pan can also be converted into an outdoor seed container. To hang this item, wrap twine around a tennis ball or block of wood, place it underneath the pan and bring the two ends of twine up through the center hole.
In the garden, try drilling holes into a clay terra cotta flowerpot and filling it with bird seed. Feeders can also be made by taking one PVC pipe, cutting holes into the side, installing wooden dowels as perches, decorating as desired, screwing a threaded rod into the cap at the top of the PVC pipe, adding twine or string and hanging the feeder from a tree.
Lastly, if Legos are available in the house, consider building a bird feeder in any shape out of them. Simply leave the middle of the structure open for birdseed and include openings with a perch on each side.