Easy Recycling and Repurposing Craft

This past weekend my son was given a homework assignment to find an object that could be recycled or repurposed into something new and useful.

[DISCLAIMER: by useful, we don’t mean turning a regular piece of paper into a paper airplane which another boy certainly did do as his project; I noted that you may as well take a Jimmy John’s napkin and blow your nose in it and call that recycling].

Instead we turned to the wonderful world of youTube for some ideas. What we came up with is a bird feeder that I will actually use after the grading is done! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to make one with your kids–it’s the perfect way to welcome spring!

You will need:

  • 1 empty [2L] bottle
  • one 1/4 in dowel precut to about 10 inches
  • an exacto knife for cutting
  • a drill
  • bird seed
  • string for hanging


  1. Grab an empty 2Liter bottle from your recycle bin and strip away the label.
  2. Using a craft blade or exacto knife, carefully cut two round circles across from each other in the bottle, approximately 4 inches from the bottom. These should be large enough to allow birds in but keep other pests out.
  3. Again using your exacto knife, slice a small “x” shape about an inch below each of the round circles [picture the straw hole in your fast-food drink lid].
  4. Insert your pre-cut dowel into the “straw hole” and through to the other side.
  5. Fill feeder with bird seed.
  6. Drill a small hole in the cap and insert a string for hanging.

Using a paper funnel to get the seed in.



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2 Responses to Easy Recycling and Repurposing Craft

  1. Rhonda says:

    REALLY cute! Thank you for sharing!

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