As we reach the end of October the nights become longer and the temperature starts to drop. Trees begin to lose their leaves and natural food sources for lots of wildlife becomes much harder to find.
Have a go at making this Halloween inspired bird feeder this autumn. It’s inexpensive, looks really spooky and is great fun!
This project makes good use out of a couple of cheap Halloween novelty items from Sainsburys. The plastic witches hat costs 50p and the monster beaker cost £1. I had the rest of the items laying around the house.
Drill four 25mm diameter holes evenly spaced around the bottom of the beaker. These will be the seed ports.
Drill four 4mm diameter holes in the base of the beaker as shown above.
Drill four 4mm holes in the centre of the drip tray. Keep the spacing the same as the four holes you drilled in the base of the beaker.
Cut two 1m lengths of string. Thread each end of one piece of string up through the holes of the drip tray then through the matching holes in the beaker. Repeat with the other piece of string and the remaining holes.
Drill four more 4mm holes evenly spaced around the top of the beaker. Thread each end of the string through one of the holes.
Gather the four ends of the string together and tie a large knot at the same height above the beaker as the height of the witches hat. Cut a 4mm diameter hole in the top point of the witches hat and slip it over the string into position.
Fill the beaker with bird seed. I’ve used sunflower hearts for mine.
All that’s left to do is to hang your bird feeder in the garden and wait for the birds to arrive. Try hanging the feeder near your kitchen or lounge window so you can watch easily from a distance.