Upcycled DIY Plate and Bowl Bird Feeder
Do you have a bunch of miss matched plastic dishes kicking around? Or maybe you see them super cheap at yard sales and thrift stores? Either way, here is a cool upcycled DIY plate and bowl bird feeder.
This one was made using a ten-inch long carriage bolt, but you can make it with shorter ones if you want. Just be sure to leave enough room so the birds can fly in and out to eat.
Another tip is to make sure that you use a plate that is much larger than the bowl. You want the plate to keep the rain out so the seed stays dry.
Bird Feeder Supplies Needed:
- 2 Feet Nylon Cord
- Drill (3/8” standard drill bit)
- Super Glue
- Plastic Plate
- 3/8” x 10” Carriage Bolt
- 2 3/8” Nylon Washers
- Plastic Bowl
- 2 3/8” Metal Washer
- 3 3/8” Nuts
You want to start by drilling holes directly in the middle of the plate and bowl. Be sure to take it slow and not force it because the plastic will crack. It is best to put a piece of wood under it to help support and to keep from drilling into the table.
Next, put a nylon washer on the bolt. You will turn it so the unthreaded (the head) part will be on the bottom.
Place the bowl on the bolt so it sits on top of the nylon washer you placed on the bolt. Put a few drops of super glue on the washer or bowl then let it dry a minute or so.
Now you want to put the second nylon washer onto the bolt and it falls down into the bowl. Glue this washer down as too.
The next step is to place one of the nuts about an inch down the bolt. Put one of the metal washers on top of it.
Then put your plate on top of the bolt face down. Place the other metal washer on the bolt so that it is on top of the plate along with another nut.
Tie your nylon string around the bolt on top of the last nut. Then screw your last nut on top of the rope to secure it. Then just tie the rope around a tree or something else and fill the bowl with birdseed and you are done!