How to Make a Coffee Can Bird Feeder
Spending time in the yard is a rewarding experience for many people, and seeing lots of birds zipping around is sure to bring a smile. So how do you attract lots of birds? Simple...feed them! Birds will always come back to places where they have scored a meal, so you can use this to your advantage and provide a feeder for them. There are plenty of bird feeders at the store, and they come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and vary wildly in price. Before you spend a wad of hard earned dough on an overpriced piece of plastic, why not make your own birdfeeder? The following article will teach you how to make a bird feeder out of a coffee can.
- Cut the bottom out of a used metal coffee can using a can opener. The metal cans work better than plastic ones because they are uniform in size on both ends and the lid will fit on both ends.
- Cut the plastic lid of the coffee can in half using scissors.
- Place one half of the lid on each end of the can, making sure you have them lined up uniformly.
- Tape the lid halves to the coffee can using duct tape.
- Punch or drill a hole in the roof of the coffee can on each end, near each edge. You will have two holes, almost directly above the taped lid halves.
- String a piece of rope or wire through the holes and tie it around a tree branch, with the coffee can hanging below.
- Fill the can with birdseed, making sure that you have the can level so it doesn't slide to one side, causing birdseed to fall out.