How to Make a Birdfeeder From Anything... Even Chopsticks

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Feed the birds in style… with an ‘East meets West’ chopstick and Coke can birdfeeder.

Just hang on to your disposable chopsticks next time you visit your local Ramen (noodle) restaurant!

You’ll need seven chopsticks in total, plus two cans of Coke. Once you get home, let your food digest, and then follow the instructions below…

Birdfeeder made from repurposed chopsticks and soda cans
Come birdies! Dinner time!

What will I learn?

1) Combining two unusual materials is a good way to ensure your end creation is distinctive and original.

2) Fast food packaging can be a great resource, think how you could repurpose it before throwing it away.

3) There’s so many different ways to make a birdfeeder, that’s why it’s one of the best projects for expressing your creativity.

Step by step guide

To make your own birdfeeder follow the how-to instructions below, if you get stuck let me know!

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Chop, chop… time to get going…

The Roof
How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 1

Use the tin snips to remove the tops and bottoms of three soda cans (1). Then snip along each side to make 3 flat rectangular sheets (2).

Flatten out one sheet (it should measure around 217mm x 88mm) and drill four holes the diameter of a chopstick, and two small holes for attaching string, use the measurements above to guide you (3).

Next, roll the ends of the sheet around a chopstick (4). When you let go it will spring open slightly, so remove the chopstick and squeeze the roll with your fingers (5). Insert the chopstick again - it should now be a nice tight fit.

How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 2

The chopsticks will probably stick out too far, so trim the ends using a saw, you want an overlap of around 2-3cm each side (6). That’s the roof done!

The Roof struts
How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 3

Take another sheet and cut out 2 rectangles 127mm x 39mm (7). Fold each rectangle twice to form a long thin strip (8).

How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 4

Drill a hole through the ends of each strip, the diameter of the chopstick (9). Fold a corner over on each side over using pliers (10) and push the strips onto the ends of the ‘roof chopsticks’ to form an arch shape (11).

The Feed tray
How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 5

Take the last sheet and cut it to the measurements shown (12). The dotted lines indicate folds, mark those with pencil.

Next, fold the sides up and the top half of the sides outwards and down (13). Bend the end flaps up and side flaps in (14). Now fold the end flaps down over the side flaps (15) and then backwards and up (16).

The Perch
How to make a birdfeeder from repurposed chopstick and soda cans: illustration 6

Drill holes in both ends of the feed tray and push a chopstick through (17). Bend the corners up using pliers (18).

Screw a chopstick into each corner of the feeder tray (19). Drill a small pilot hole first and then add the screw (20). Push the roof down onto the tops of the four chopsticks and attach with more screws (21)… you’ll need to bend the roof struts inwards, but that’s fine (22).

To install your birdfeeder, tie some string to the two small holes in the roof and attach it to a tree branch in your garden… happy birdspotting!

Materials

  • 3 soda cans
  • 7 disposable chopsticks
  • Tin snips
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screwdriver and small screws
  • String
  • Pliers

Do your own thing

If you want to keep it simple, ditch the soda can and grab a plastic milk bottle instead. Cut holes in the sides using a craft knife (or sharp scissors) and stick chopsticks through to create bird perches. Decorate your bottle using acrylic paints and use string to hang it from a tree branch.

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