Colourful Bird Feeder

Winter is almost upon us, and local birdlife will be looking for food. Use scraps of wood, Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint and recycled plastic bottles to make these colourful bird feeders.






Last winter I made a bird feeder using recycled plastic bottles. The birds ending up fighting for prime position every morning to empty out the feeder, so I decided to make a few more bird feeders. Once again I recycled plastic bottles, and used pine offcuts to make the bird feeders, which are sprayed in 3 different Rust-Oleum 2X colours. You will find a range of bold and pastel colours from Rust-Oleum at your local Builders Warehouse.



To attract a variety of birdlife, fill each bird feeder with different seed mix. We have a lot of finches and doves visiting the garden, so I will fill the feeders with suitable seed and place these around the garden. 






To make a single bird feeder:

Plastic bottle, clean and dry

1 of 22 x 94 x 305mm pine - back panel

1 of 22 x 94 x 140mm pine - base

Plastic containers for seed cups

40mm screws [2] - 16mm screw [1] - screw eye [1]

Medium-gauge wire

Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal spray paint




Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

120-grit sandpaper


Tape measure and pencil

Buy everything you need for this project at Builders Warehouse. 





Which Drill / Driver?

There are more than a few drill / drivers on the market and your selection should be based on what you need. Another factor to consider is price. Drill / drivers can be priced from as little as R1200 for an entry-level model, up to around R5000 for top of the range. Bosch Green has two excellent mid-level models that are perfect for DIY enthusiasts. The PSR 18 LI-2 retails at around R1800 , while the PSB 10,8 LI-2 retails at about R1500 . Both models are great for DIY projects, but the PSB also features impact drilling - for when you need to drill in masonry.








1. Drill 5mm holes in the back for the wire that holds the bottle in place. This will vary depending on the type of bottle you use. You need to use a bottle that has a curvy shape or ridges that will hold the wire.





2. Attach the base to the back panel with a couple of 40mm screws.





3. Place the bottle on the board to cut the wire to fit and test fit.



BELOW: Wire-mounted bottle on board. You can see how the shape and ridges hold the wire in place.




4. For the seed cups I recycled some yoghurt containers.



BELOW: You can leave the seed containers as is, but they look far better once sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X white.



5. Take the completed bird feeder outdoors to spray in your choice of Rust-Oleum 2X or Universal spray colour. You should only need to apply a single coat of paint. We used satin aqua, satin green apple, and satin magenta.





6. Secure the seed cup to the base with a 16mm screw. This will ensure the seed cup does not blow away or get knocked off. You could also use a hot glue gun, but with out climate the glue quickly breaks down.



7. Screw a hanger at the top of the board for easy hanging.



BELOW: Finished bird feeders.