Soda bottle outdoor bird feeder converter kit

Being able to reuse things that would otherwise be trash is obviously good for the environment and keeps clutter out of your home, but it can also lead to some inspired, uncluttered design. Recently, I spotted the Soda Bottle Bird Feeder Converter and was impressed by its simplicity. And, with the cold weather settling in here in the Northern Hemisphere, now is the time to load up our feeders to help the birds through the winter.

Have you spotted any simple, uncluttered, green designs recently? Tell us about them in the comments.

20 Comments for “Soda bottle outdoor bird feeder converter kit”

  1. posted by Jim on

    Wow…so simple, yet so cool. I’m impressed.

  2. posted by Tom on

    For a moment I thought it was Wednesday. This unitasker seems like clutter to me. We learned to make 2 liter bottles into bird feeders in like 2nd grade. You don’t need any special tools. Just cut off the top and tie it back around with some wire to form a bowl shape. Viola.

    A quick search for ‘soda bottle bird feeder’ will yield many results: http://www.a-home-for-wild-bir.....eeder.html

  3. posted by Celeste on

    This has been out there for a long time. I like it because you are supposed to take apart and clean the whole birdfeeder every year, and I always thought the vinyl tubes were hard to get clean. This model lets you just recycle the plastic and start fresh. You could even change it out this way during the year.

  4. posted by tabatha on

    don’t the birds fly south for the winter?

  5. posted by L. on

    What Tom said.

  6. posted by michelle on

    yeah, this looks like a unitasker to me. I like that it’s good for the environment but I honestly wouldn’t want all the bird droppings that the bird feeder would cause around my home. alternatively, there are people taking capri sun and coffee bag pouches that can’t be recycled and turning them into tote bags: http://www.vcstar.com/news/200.....ing-funky/
    I think that’s a better way to keep something out of a landfill. . .

  7. posted by Loren on

    There are some birds that do not migrate. Where I live Cardinals, Blue-Jays and Goldfinches stay all through the winter. The bird feeder gets a lot more attention in the winter than when it is warm outside and food is more plentiful.

    I saw this post on Apartment Therapy this morning, it recycles water bottles into window planters, I’d like to try something similar in my kitchen.

  8. posted by PK on

    Link in the first paragraph to amazon is teh broked. Which is a damned shame, since I’d love to pick one of these up.

  9. posted by PrarieGal on

    Yes it’s a unitasker, but I’m not sure what you want your bird feeder to double as? Plus if it’s always in use, it’s always in your tree and isn’t creating clutter.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obi.....tterer-20/

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @PK — It’s fixed now, but that was really weird. The link worked fine for most of the day — then POOF! Bizarre.

  11. posted by Red Coyote Hunter on

    Does not this belong on your Wednesday post? Single use, bird feeder? Come on.

  12. posted by Marie | green your apartment on

    I know most commenters aren’t liking this but I thought it was cool as the 2-liter bird feeders I made were not presentable enough that I could hang them from my apartment balcony and not get cited for an “unseemly decoration”. This, however, I could do.

  13. posted by Rebecca (seven2seven8) on

    I just wrote about a neat product I found this weekend on my little bloggy-blog. I’m so excited about it!

    It is a set of perpetual calendar magnets by Lone Elm Studios, and I have mine on my fridge (instead of the perpetual board). No paper to recycle, and I can actually reuse post-its (even if the sticky wears off, HEY, I HAVE A MAGNET).

    Am loving it! I found it in a local boutique, but you can also find it here:
    http://www.onecoast.com/produc.....P_ID=80106

  14. posted by Peter on

    ‘Have you spotted any simple, uncluttered, green designs recently? Tell us about them in the comments.’

    Might I offer this as a submission?:

    http://www.junkk.com/junkkdeta.....tsapf=1828

    It’s called the RE:tie and is basically a redesign of a tamper-evident bottle closure that ends up giving you a free cable tie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XisE-UCEC4U

    http://junkk.blogspot.com/2008.....cited.html

    We have been evolving it, and in its new incarnation it confers extra disability-aid advantages to those with poor grip.

    There are some other ways to reuse on http://www.junkk.com as well for those seeking to, or be inspired in turning re:fuse into re:sources.

    As we like to say.. ‘rubbish needn’t be a dirty word’.

  15. posted by Jen on

    I have this and used it until the squirrels chewed and destroyed the bottle. I’m sticking with sturdier birdfeeders and recycling my bottles.

  16. posted by meredith on

    I have this also. The Nnice thing about it is the fact that I was able to ditch the bottle once the squirrels took a liking to chewing the bottle. I was able to recycle the bottle, use another without having to replace the whole feeder.

    I found mine at a local “Birds Unlimited”.

  17. posted by Patty on

    I’ve got to say that is pretty innovative, very resourceful. But I’ll also admit that with birdfeeders being so cheap nowadays its hard to get the motivation to make your own. Plus I’m so into hummingbirds and I haven’t found a homemade hummmingbird feeder just yet! I’ll stick to http://www.birdfeeders.com till then but if anyone has any suggestions please post !

  18. posted by hyrcan on

    Innovative? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    One man’s unitasker is another man’s “innovation” I guess.

    You want green? Don’t by a manufactured component when a couple wooden dowels (or some sticks off the ground) and some twine will do the trick.

    Or better yet. Here’s an idea.

    Don’t by plastic bottles.

  19. posted by Ark Animals on

    This is a great green idea. We don’t have a lot of recyclers where I live and I love when the kids manage to create bird nest balls or feeders. Thanks for sharing this.

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