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Rope and Can Bird Feeder

By: Jamey from Dabbles and Babbles

This Rope and Can Bird Feeder is one of the easiest crafts out there - even your kids could help create it. Use an old tin can and some rope to make this eco-friendly DIY bird feeder. In 20 minutes, you'll have a fantastic bird feeder to hang from your house, garage, or anywhere outside you'd like. You and your family will have fun watching all the different types of birds come and go all spring long.

Rope and Can Bird Feeder

Materials:

  • Clean tin can – keep the lid (I used a large tomato can)
  • Sisal rope
  • Piece of metal for post (sorry, I don’t even know what I used, it was just a scrap I found in the garage)
  • Glue gun and glue

Instructions:

  1. Take the tin can lid and bend it in half.
     
  2. Take the metal for the post and glue it down so that there is enough room for the birds to perch while they eat.
     
  3. Insert your can lid so that it fits nicely over the metal piece you just glued in and is just inside the opening of the can and glue into place making sure there are no openings for the seed to fall through.
     
  4. Find the top middle of the can and glue a long piece of sisal rope (about 2.5 ft) from top to bottom of the can so that you have 1 ft on either side of the can hanging off (you’ll tie this together at the end) - this will be the part that hangs from the hook or tree.
     
  5. Now, starting at the top of the can, slowly glue down the sisal rope from one end to the other by going around the can in a circular motion until you reach the bottom of the can. Cut the rope and glue in ends.
     
  6. Cut a piece of rope the exact size of the front of the can and glue on around the top/front edge to help give a nicer finished look to the feeder.
     
  7. Tie the two 1 foot piece ends that are still hanging to the sides together in a knot.
     
  8. Fill with bird seed and hang from a hook or tree.

    Rope and Can Bird Feeder
     
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