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Chances are you’ll have a bottle of tomato ketchup in the cupboard or fridge. Many of the bottles are now the plastic squeezy type. Rather than simply popping the empty bottle in the recycling bin next time you finish a bottle why not have a go at ‘upcycling’ it into a great hanging bird feeder.


Time Needed: 15 mins

Why Do It?: Providing food for garden birds is a great way to help wildlife in your garden.

What You Need: (x1) Tomato ketchup squeezy bottle, (x1) small plastic plant pot drip tray, 700mm length of string

Tools Required: Drill, Craft Blade, Scissors

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1. Collect your materials.

I’ve found that the 700g Heinz squeezy tomato ketchup bottle works really well for this project but there are similar bottles available. Make sure the bottle is washed out thoroughly to remove and ketchup residue.

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2. Drill a hole in the seed tray.

Attach a 38mm dia. drill bit to your drill and drill a hole in the centre of the plastic plant pot drip tray.

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3. Create four seed ports.

Using a sharp craft knife create four holes evenly spaced around the top of the bottle. I’ve found that a triangle shaped cut out works really well.

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4. Check the seed tray fits onto the bottle.

Fit the seed tray over the top of the bottle and screw the bottle lid back on to make sure it all fits together. Remove the cap and tray again ready for the next stage.

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5. Drill two hanging holes.

Using a 4mm dia. drill bit drill two holes in the base of the bottle in preparation for adding the hanging string.

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6. Add the hanging string.

Cut a 700mm length of string and thread each end into one of the holes you’ve just drilled in the base.

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7. Tie the ends of the hanging string together.

Tie the ends of the hanging string together in a tight knot and then pull the knot inside the bottle to create the hanging loop.

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8. Fill your new feeder.

Fill your feeder with your garden birds favourite bird food. Use the top of a fizzy drinks bottle as a funnel to help make filling your feeder a doddle.

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9. Attach the seed tray.

Attach the seed tray and secure in place using the bottle cap.

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10. Hang your new feeder!

All that’s left to do is hang your new feeder in the garden and wait for the birds to arrive!


As always, I would love to see your creations too! Feel free to share your photos and stories with me via Twitter or my Facebook page.