DIY Upcycled Bird Feeder

This post is sponsored by Simple Truth. All thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own.


There are two things my kids have been super into the summer - smoothies and birds! I like to make my own smoothies but sometimes I just want to make things as easy as possible when I have three hungry boys at my feet. Simple Truth's new smoothies are ready to drink and they are packed with fruit.

They have three flavors, Strawberry Banana, Green Boost, and Mango. They


each offer sources of Vitamins and Antioxidants! They are non-dairy, with no added sugar. If you look at the label you will find the ingredients are just fruit and fruit and veggie juices! You might notice that it still has a bit of sugar in it, but those are all natural sugars from the fruit.


While we were sipping on our smoothies the other day, my oldest shouted "There's a Blue Jay!" and it gave me an idea. We decided to make a bird feeder out of our used smoothie bottle so we could really watch the birds up close and personal. Just like serving the smoothies, it's really simple and a huge hit with my kids!


Supplies:

  • Simple Truth Smoothie bottle

  • Paint ( I used acrylic )

  • Paint brushes

  • Knife of scissors

  • String

  • Hot glue gun


Check out this video showing you how easy it is to upcycle your smoothie bottle into a bird feeder!



How To:

1. Rinse out your empty bottle and let it air dry. Remove label and take a knife or scissors to carefully cut off the top third of the bottle. Now cut a rounded rectangle out of one side of the bottom part of the bottle. You can cut another one out on the opposite side too for added feeding space!


2. Paint the outside of each half of the bottle. I did a light pink on the bottom half and blue ( which I then switch the green! ) on top. Let dry.


3. Cut the string into an 8 inch long piece. Open the cap and place the sides of the string into two opposing sides of the opening. Screw the lid back on and make sure the strings stayed across from each other. You can glue the string to the bottom side of lid from inside for added strength

4. Add any additional decoration to the outside of your bottles. I added watermelon seeds and green grass to the bottom of mine and tried to give a watermelon rind look to the top. Let dry again.


5. Now it's time to put it together! Squeeze a thin line of hot glue around the top outside edge of the bottle. Quickly place the top of the bottle on top and make sure the bottom half goes inside of the top. Add a layer of hot glue around the rim where the bottles meet for added durability. Let cool and fill it up with bird seed!


We have been having so much fun watching birds eat away and talk about which bird is what. My oldest actually corrected me when I misidentified a bird! We've also learned that different birds prefer certain types of feeders and seeds.


Now go grab your Simple Truth Smoothie in the refrigerated section at Kroger and see what birds come to dine at your bird feeder!

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