Love them or hate them, many of us at one time or another will have tried a Pot Noodle. Rather than simply popping the empty pot in the recycling bin 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) Pot Noodle Pot (clean), (x1) small plastic plant pot drip tray, (x1) cable tie, (x2) 700mm lengths of string
Tools Required: Drill, Craft Blade, Scissors
1. Collect your materials.
You should find most or all of the items for this project around the house. You can find various sizes of pot plant drip trays at many leading garden centres but these tend to be expensive for what they are. I’ve found all the trays I need at the local discount store or Poundland.
2. Cut out the seed ports.
Carefully cut out four holes equally spaced around the base of the Pot Noodle pot using a craft knife.
3. Drill holes in base of pot and tray.
Drill two 4mm diameter holes in the base of the pot and two matching spaced holes in the centre of the plant pot drip tray.
4. Fix the pot and the seed tray together.
Fix the pot and the seed tray together using a cable tie.
5. Drill four holes around top of the pot.
Drill four holes evenly spaced around the top of the pot as in the photo above.
6. Drill four holes in plant pot drip tray (roof).
Place the Pot Noodle pot upside down in the centre of the plant pot drip tray (roof). Draw a line around the edge of the pot using a pencil. Mark the position of the holes in the pot on the drip tray (roof). Use these marks to drill four hole in the drip tray (roof). The holes will then line up perfectly with the holes in the top of the pot.
7. Thread the hanging string.
Cut two 700mm lengths of string. Thread each end of the first piece of string through two of the holes in the pot and then up through two corresponding holes in the drip tray (roof). Repeat the process on the other side. See photo above. Tie the four ends of string together in a single tight knot.
8. Fill your new feeder.
Fill your feeder with your garden bird’s favorite bird food.
9. Hang your feeder in the garden!
All that’s left to do now is to 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 stories and photos with me via Twitter or my Facebook page. Have fun!