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Plastic Bird Feeder
      This project started off as a kids project but it soon turned out to be much harder than expected. It still would make a great kids project but with lots of adult help.

Here's what you'll need:

  • A large round plastic mayonnaise jar, we used a Miracle Whip jar.
  • A 1/2 liter plastic pop bottle.
  • 3/4" thick piece of wood approximately 12"X 12"
  • Screws
Cut four 1" diameter holes evenly spaced around the jar, 1 1/2" up from the bottom of the mayo jar. This should be to the bottom of the hole. We used Forstner bits for this.
Remove the lid from the pop bottle and place it in the mayo jar top down.
Mark around the pop bottle flush with the top of the mayo jar.
Cut the bottom off the pop bottle just slightly, approximately 1/16", longer than your mark.
Put the pop bottle in the mayo jar and put the mayo jar lid on.
Using a felt tipped marker mark the center for four holes on the pop bottle just about 1/4" above the center of the mayo jar holes.
Remove the pop bottle and cut or drill four 1/2" diameter holes around the pop bottle.
Using two screws, screw the mayo jar to the piece of wood from inside the mayo jar.
Center the pop bottle in the bottom of the mayo jar with the hole off center of the holes in the mayo jar.
Plastic Bird Feeder

Fill the pop bottle with bird seed. The seed should run out to and seek a level about even with the large holes.
Put the mayo lid on and set it out for the birdies for feast.
We colored wide black circles around the holes to make it easier for the birds to see but we think it might be scaring them. The first one we made without the pop bottle didn't have the black circles and the birds seemed to come to it faster.
The nice thing about this feeder is that you don't have to fill it as often.
Now get out there and enjoy all the birds.

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