Turn An Old Ketchup Container Into A Birdfeeder

A squeezable ketchup bottle (Heinz or another brand), a plastic dish (the lid off an ice cream tub works excellent), a drill, a box cutter, twine or a hook, and polyurethane glue or sealer are needed.

Unlatch the ketchup bottle lid and remove the label. Cut a hole in the plastic dish close to the bottle's screw top neck with the box cutter. Make a few small drainage holes in the dish with your drill to avoid flooding the seed when it rains.

Cut three or four seed dispenser holes in the ketchup bottle base at the screw top neck using the box cutter. Triangles are easy to cut and disperse different seed sizes.  

If you want to hang your new bird feeder, cut one or two holes in the ketchup bottle's top (opposite the screw top lid) and thread a metal hook or robust string through them.  

Put your seed in the feeder and glue or plug any gaps. Finally, insert your bottle's screw top neck through the plastic dish hole and screw the lid back on.

Time to hang your feeder. A large forested backyard or condo balcony and a tree branch or roof strut to hang the feeder are all you need. Your new bird feeder's contents depend on the season and which birds visit your garden.  

Black oil sunflower seeds are popular among birds. Mix in normal sunflower seeds to save money. For DIY birdseed, avoid high percentages of least-favored grains like millet, flaxseed, oats, and wheat berries.

Unsure of your local birds and their diets? The Audubon Bird Guide app is free. It includes all North American bird species and oddities.

Every time your feeder is empty, clean it well before refilling. You'll avoid breeding bird infections this way. After soaking your feeder in bleached water, brush it to remove debris.

Before adding birdseed, make sure it's dry. You'll need to replace your DIY bird feeder someday because plastic degrades in the sun. Store clean plastic lids and ketchup bottles for later.

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