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Make a Hanging Bird Feeder Using A Recycled Heinz Tomato Ketchup Bottle. - WildlifeGadgetman.com

Make a Hanging Bird Feeder Using A Recycled Heinz Tomato Ketchup Bottle.

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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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


9. Attach the seed tray.

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


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.




By | 2016-10-27T15:27:03+00:00 January 13th, 2014|How To Guides, Nature|19 Comments


  1. Ruth January 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    How ingenious some people are!! What a clever idea!

  2. Donna January 15, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I like the idea of using the shelled seeds, saves some of the mess!

  3. angie January 16, 2016 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Our 4-H club made these and gave to the nursing home to hang for there residents to watch the birds. Awesome!! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Kathy January 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    How cute ! I’m going to try this today ! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Gale January 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    This is a really simple and very clever feeder! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Suzanne Cox January 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to do this with my grandchildren !!!

  7. Charleneweese February 13, 2016 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Terrific idea and so easy, thanks.

  8. Kelly February 15, 2016 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I cant wait to make some of these bird feeders. Might add some color by painting the bottles.

  9. Kim April 6, 2016 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to finish the next bottle of ketchup to try this…. I have been looking for a nifty way to make a bird feeder. Thank you for the idea!

  10. Eileen June 21, 2016 at 1:02 am - Reply

    I love this idea and I’m goin to try it

  11. Shirlee edwards January 19, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Love this.got to make me one.

  12. Linda Hepherd January 29, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

    What super simple but effective way to re-cycle.

  13. Julia Barnes April 8, 2017 at 3:15 am - Reply

    I love this. Will definitely be making some of these. Thanks for sharing

  14. Diana drache April 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I think this is an adorable craft to do with the Grandchildren! Thank you for this inspiring idea. One question tho, the seed tray… where would I find this or can I use something els?

  15. Richard April 23, 2017 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Great idea..thanks I will make one of these ..

  16. Vanessa Cooperr May 17, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I’ve been thinking of making a bird feeder for a long time and I finally got to it thanks to your post. It worked perfectly for my garden mostly because since the birds associated my yard with food they often come to visit and the mosquito count significantly dropped. Great stuff!

  17. Robert May 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    What a great idea I will make one for my garden. Thankyou

  18. Kelly June 14, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Love this. Just collected all parts. Will be assembling over the next couple of days. Thanks for a fantastic idea.

  19. Karen Wentworth July 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I loved this! I made these with my church kids ar VBS but used Pure Leaf iced tea bottles (which were more plentiful for a group project), plant trays from WalMart (approx. $1.30 w/ a flower design on the bottom) plastic lacing & pony beads for the hanger andfun duct tape to jazz it up!

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