Learn how to make a simple upcycled wine bottle bird feeder for your feathered friends.
Please note: I have joined some amazing bloggers for this upcycle bottle challenge; you can find their inspiring projects at the end of this one.
How to Make a Wine Bottle Bird Feeder
You can use a wine bottle or any bottle just make the size adjustments.
Bird Feeder Supplies
**I recommend watching the bird feeder video before you begin.
1x6x8 pressure treated
1 ¼ inch deck screws
1 ¼ inch finish nails
Glass wine bottle
1 ½ inch drill bit
countersink drill bit
The first step for building this bird feeder is to cut off your wine bottle and then measure the length and width to determine the needed lumber cuts. Note: I used a simple glass cutter to cut my wine bottle half.
Back 1×4 1/2×15
Bottom 1/2×4 1/2x 5 ½
Lower bottle support 1x3x3
Upper bottle support 1×4 ½ x4 ½
Bottle cover 1×4 1/2×3
Roof 1×4 1/2×7
Seed tray trim 1×1/4 (cut three to fit the size of your tray)
To begin building the wine bottle bird feeder, I cut my lumber to fit the size and shape of my wine bottle; however, every bottle is different, so please adjust your cuts to accommodate your wine bottle.
After cutting out the back of the bird feeder, I then cut one end at a 30-degree angle.
Next, I cut out the bottom (seed tray).
Then I cut the lower bottle support and cut a hole to fit my bottle’s neck. Next, I rounded off the front corners using a tin can for my template.
Next, I cut the upper bottle support using a hole cutter (save the round wood cutout for the plug). Note: I cut the hole slightly larger than my bottle. I rounded the front of the upper support the same way as I rounded the lower support.
Then, I cut the bottle cover and cut a 60-degree angle for the front edge.
For the roof, I cut one end at 30-degrees (this will be the end that rests against the backboard).
Finally, I cut the seed tray trim to hold the seeds from spilling over the sides. Note: I cut the side trim pieces longer than needed then trimmed them to fit.
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder Plans
To begin assembling the bird feeder, I clamped the back piece to my work table and butted the bottom seed tray board, then made two pilot holes (A) through the bottom to the backboard.
Next, I install two deck screws (B) into my pilot holes.
Lower Bottle Support
To attach the lower bottle support, I held it in place and drilled one pilot hole, then added a screw.
Next, I clamped the upper bottle support in place. Note: Your support should be installed so that the cut edge of the bottle is even with the top of the wooden support bracket.
From the backside drill, two pilot holes to holes, then attach upper support with screws.
I used the wooden circle cut out from the upper support and attached it to the bottle cover to create the bottle cover.
I recommend placing the cut end of your bottle over the plug to check the fit.
Next, I placed the bottle and the bottle cover plug in the wooden holder to check the fit of the roof.
Note: I used a Dremel (a sanding band) to grind the front edge to adjust the fit.
Next, I attached the bottle cover to the bird feeder roof by making two pilot holes (C) and installing screws in the pilot holes (D).
To attach the front bottom seed tray trim, I applied wood glue then placed it along the front edge aligning the trim to the bottom edge of the tray. Note: the trim will create a guard for the seeds.
Then I used a clamp to hold the front trim in place while hammered in two finished nails.
Next, to attach the side trim, I applied wood glue to the sides of the seed tray and then placed the trim pieces in place, aligning to the front edge.
Then I nailed the side trim in place with finish nails and trimmed the excess trim flush with the back using a trim saw.
Filling the Wine Bottle
This bird feeder can be mounted on a post, tree, or pole.
You can find more DIY bird feeders in this earlier post.
More Upcycled Bottle DIY Projects:
What could be more than creating something using bottles from your recycle bin?
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This amazing steampunk upcycled bottle makeover is a one-of-a-kind work of art made by Unique Creations by Anita.
These gorgeous DIY tiki torches were created from upcycled bottles by Songbird.
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