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Make A Window Bird Feeder Using A Recycled Takeaway Tub - WildlifeGadgetman.com

Make A Window Bird Feeder Using A Recycled Takeaway Tub

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How many of us can honestly say we never have the occasional takeaway meal? Quite a few probably but, if like me, you succumb to the occasional craving for a chicken bhuna or sweet and sour chicken balls you will no doubt end up with a few empty takeaway tubs. Rather than just throw them in the recycling bin why not have a go at ‘upcycling’ them into a handy window bird feeder?!

It doesn’t have to be just takeaway tubs, any similar size container with a snap on lid will work just as well!

Time Needed: 10 mins

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

What You Need: An empty (clean!) plastic takeaway tub, (x3) suction hooks.

Tools Required: A pair of scissors.

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1. Gather your materials

This shouldn’t take long! All you need is a plastic style takeaway tub (or something similar) with a locking lid and a couple of suction hooks. I picked up a pack of 8 suction hooks for £1 from Tesco. Bargain!

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2. Cut out the viewing window and add the hooks.

Now all that’s left to do is to cut out, as neatly as you can, a rectangle in the base of the takeaway tub and a similar size opening in the lid. Only cut three sides of the opening on the lid so you can bend the lid out and create a small rain guard. This also helps prevent pigeons and other larger birds trying to land on the feeder. Also, cut the opening towards one end of the tub leaving a larger ‘trough’ for the seed. (See image above). Now all you have to do is fill your new window bird feeder with a small amount of seed and wait for the birds!

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View from indoors.

You should easily see the birds coming to the feeder through the opening in the base of the tub.

How about that for a nice simple ‘upcycling’ project for your feathered friends! As always, I would love to see your creations. Please feel free to share your pics and stories with me via Twitter and my Facebook page.

 

 

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