4.10.2010

Starbucks Bird Feeder- Tutorial


Hudson had gotten a paint your own bird feeder for christmas, which we painted and hung and the birds loved.  Unfortunately the novelty outweighed the quality of construction and the poor feeder broke into pieces after about 1 month of service.  By then Hudson was an avid bird watcher (as avid as a 2.5 year old can be) and we had 5 pounds of bird feed on our hands.  This was our solution and you can make one too.
What you'll need-
Glass bottle (I used a starbucks one, removed the labels, cut out the logo and glued it back on upside down)
Tuna can
1 by 4 board
screws
wire

If you use a different glass bottle just adjust your board lengths to accommodate the difference.  For mine we cut the board as shown.
Screw the boards together in an L shape.  Pre-drill your holes so your wood doesn't split and insert screws from the back side.  Drill 4 holes in the back board for your wire, this will hold your bottle in place.  Then screw the tuna can on to the bottom board (make sure you use a small screw so you don't go all the way through the bottom). 
If you screw it to a post (like we did) use a really long screw and leave a bit of slack so you can flip the whole thing upside down to insert the bottle without spilling your birdseed everywhere!
It was so quick and easy we ended up making another one for the second pole on the deck.  Now I just have to drink another frappuccino!

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24 comments:

  1. What a cute idea! My husband works at Starbucks so I think we will have no trouble finding some of these!

    Great job! = )

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  2. to clever to believe. :)

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  3. Love this it's on my list to do now.
    Holly

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  4. I love this idea! Just posted it on twitter.

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  5. Thats so cool! Thank you :)

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  6. LOVE THIS and I'm not ashamed to admit that my favorite part is the fact that you put the sticker back on the right way... :)

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  7. So cool. You are so versatile. I love it.

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  8. This is genius! I love it. I really think I am going to make one. Wow, I really like it.

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  9. LOVE IT!!! Good "freecycling" project :)

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  10. That's really clever!

    (Ha ha, although you might have to start charging the birds $3 for a grande seed and $5 for a venti!)

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  11. This is so cool! I have scads of cool-looking glass bottles sitting around just waiting for a good project, and this is definitely it! I think I'll add this to my Cousin Camp crafts list for this summer.

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  12. This is totally on my to do list! What a wonderful idea! now off to scour for empty bottles!

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  13. What a great idea!! So fun

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  14. What a cute idea! Dropping by from BNOTP.

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  15. This is totally unique. Will have to try it. Thank you for posting.

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  16. Ok i'm jealous now. You have fabulous ideas! I'm so happy I found your blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I want to go home and make this! What a great idea!

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  18. This is a fantastic idea and tutorial! I have a bird feeder obssesion and my poor husband has told me I shouldn't spend anymore money on them. I betcha he won't fuss about this one! I've added it to my "must-make" folder!

    I found you via your guest tutorial on V and Co and I am a new follower! :)

    ~Amanda @Looking Glass Jewels

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  19. I love coffee, but I really love birds!! I am so glad i found your blog! I am a new follower. If you get a chance I would love for you to peek at my blog www.thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com

    Thank You Carol

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  20. How did you flip the label around so it's right side up for the feeder?

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  21. How did you flip the label around so it's right side up for the feeder?

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  22. okay call me dumb, but how do you fill the bottle with seed? Looks like the bottom is in tact. do you have to take the whole thing down, take the bottle out of the wire that's holding it ..... ????? I don't understand how this works, seems not to easy to refill. Anyone help me out here?

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