Recycled Bird Feeders

Create bird feeders with the kids using everyday recycled materials in your blue bins! Reuse a pop bottle, an empty can, an egg carton or toilet paper rolls!


  • Clean, empty 2L plastic bottles
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Duct Tape
  • Crisco
  • Bird Seed
  • Screw or Nail to poke holes
  • String
  • Scissors


  1. Carefully cut an empty pop bottle in half using an x-acto knife
  2. Place duct tape around the top perimeter of the bottle (We found that once we cut the bottle in half, the edges were quite sharp- duct tape softens the edges for the birds)
  3. Poke two holes on either side of the bottle close to the top using a sharp nail or screw.
  4. Loop string through both holes and tie a knot to create a hanger for your bird feeder.
  5. Coat the inside of the bottle with Crisco (This helps the bird seed to not fall out or blow out in the wind)
  6. Scoop bird seed into your new bird feeder and hang outside!


Beware most bird seed contains peanuts, if there are allergies make sure to purchase NUT FREE bird seed!


Cost: $
# of people: Individual, Partner or Group
Difficulty Level: Simple
Time: 10-15 minutes

Article by Sara

Sara has been working with children for over 15 years holding a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Child and Youth studies and is an Ontario Certified Teacher, she is passionate about education and excited to be a part of its evolution.