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Monday, December 15, 2008

Home Made Bird Feeder

My son's Cub Scout Den will be making home made bird feeders this week and I wanted to have a practice run before Wednesday night.  As an adult, it wasn't to difficult to make, but I can already picture the questions that may arise when the kids start making them.  Following are the things you'd need and directions.

Items needed:
  • empty and dry 16 to 20 ounce bottle WITH cap
  • approximately three feet of twine
  • scissors
  • tack (I'll explain in directions)
  • 6" dowel (these had a diameter of .5 cm and came 12" long.  I cut one in half)
  • markers, duct tape, or whatever to decorate
  • bird seed
  1. approximately 1" up from the bottom, poke a couple holes on the side of the bottle with tack - this is easier than getting the scissors into it.
  2. on opposite side, do the same
  3. now, push dowel through the holes on one side and then through the other side, leaving some dole out on both sides
  4. approximately 1/2" up from dole, poke a couple starter holes, with tack
  5. cut the bottom, for the bird opening, 1" to either side of the dole
  6. next cut up, each side, approximately two to three inches
  7. repeat steps 4, 5, & 6 on the other side
  8. now, the rope needs to be tied, around the top of the bottle
  9. tie the two ends together so that it can be hung from a hook or tree limb
  10. fill with bird seed to the point that it is not falling out of bird feeder

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