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Make A Ketchup Bottle Feeder - WildlifeGadgetman.com
Make A Ketchup Bottle Feeder 2017-06-22T09:59:58+00:00

Project Description

Make A Ketchup Bottle Bird Feeder

Suitable For: Age (10+)   Time Needed: 15 Minutes

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

Tools Required: Drill, Craft Blade, Scissors

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.

Step 1

Collect all 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 6

Add the hanging string

Cut a piece of string and push each end through each hole you have just drilled. Make sure the string is long enough so both ends hang out of the bottle opening by at least 10cm.

Step 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.

You could also add a little silicone sealant, blue tac or glue from a hot glue gun in and around the holes to help make them a little more watertight.

Step 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.

Step 9

Attach the seed tray

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

Step 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.


  1. Paul Chapman October 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    This looks a great idea! I find there is a lot of wastage using the traditional feeders that have plastic tubes with ports (even with trays attached) so will give this a go.

    • Wildlife Gadgetman October 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Paul. Let me know how you get on.

  2. Stewart Abbott January 24, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I will have to try this one, my son get through lots of ketchup. Other brands are available.

  3. Patrick Dunlea January 27, 2015 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Looks good, just one thing, I would drill three or four small holes at the base about half an inch away from the cap, to help stop any water build up.

  4. Lina-Elvira June 13, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    What about water proofing the holes for the string with some silicone? Would it still work?

    • Wildlife Gadgetman June 13, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Great idea Lina. I’ve tweaked the guide to include that suggestion.

  5. Jenny June 13, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Genius! Absolutely love it! Will definitely be doing this at school with my Eco Warriors.

  6. Craig Fraser December 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    It might be an idea to fix another or slightly bigger drip tray on the top to stop rain filling up seed tray.

  7. Nancy July 29, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Ingenious! Clever and pretty easy! Thanks..

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