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Project by Bricofleur posted 05-06-2010 01:13 AM 4398 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love to watch and hear the birds in the garden. They bring lovely sounds and joy around the house.

To get more birds, I had the idea of installing more bird feeders. But instead of buying more feeders I came with the idea of saving by making my own bird feeders out of plastic peanut butter jars.

As shown on the attached photos, the sides of the jars are drilled with a 1” diameter Forstner bit (keeping the lid on when drilling), an eye hook (or eye screw) is screwed on the top lid to hang it, and the perch is made out of a larger plastic lid, in which holes have been drilled for drainage. I screwed on that larger perch lid (from under) but it could be hot glued too. Lately I came up with the idea of adding a CD on each feeder to keep the rain out.

All this at no cost, isn’t that great? Now the money is spent only for the seeds, and the joy watching the birds is mine.

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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#1 posted 05-06-2010 01:24 AM

Cool idea.

Where’s the wood?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 03:09 AM

this is great serge ,
and you get to eat peanut butter too !

must be hard to whistle along with them though ?

jonathan – the wood is the clothes pins

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 03:23 AM

And he used a Forstner bit to make the holes !

Lisa

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 03:38 AM

Neat.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 03:51 AM

Good idea, and an excellent way to attract more birds.

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 05:35 AM

Great idea! By the time I catch up on all of the projects that I’m working on now…. I should be enjoying more birds in about three springs from now and I’ll have plenty of jars by then.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#7 posted 05-06-2010 06:02 AM

Nice Idea

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#8 posted 05-06-2010 07:12 AM

Good project!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 05-06-2010 07:32 AM

I always like looking at your web site for how to ideas with instructions and the bird feeders look like a good project for the grandkids…..

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 05-06-2010 03:08 PM

Jonathan – The wood is the fence, the pergola the feeders hang from, the small branches in the back ground of some photos, the workbench they sit on on the first two photos, and if you look closer your will see one stick to hold plants from as well as bamboo sticks, and finally the woodpecker !!!

(LOL)

Best,

Serge

http://www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 05-06-2010 03:47 PM

Ah, sorry, I saw the (plastic) tree, not the wooded forest around it!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 05-07-2010 08:59 PM

nice saved and great recycling idea
thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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#13 posted 05-07-2010 11:41 PM

Pretty neat. May have to make one myself.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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