How to make a bird feeder and bug hotel

Here are two garden crafts that are wildlife friendly and recycle waste products in the process.

Both of the green crafts have been created by recycling plastic drinks bottles and giving them a great new purpose, which is environmentally friendly. These green crafts are also an ideal way to get children in the garden and exploring wildlife. We started with making a simple and easy DIY bird feeder.

How to make a bird feeder

How to make a DIY bird feeder – Miles Kelly

You will need:
• Plastic drinks bottle
• String
• Bird feed – including fruit and nesting materials
• Scissors

What to do:
1. Clean the bottle to make sure there isn’t anything harmful inside for the birds.
2. Make a few small holes in the bottom of your feeder to allow rainwater to drain away.
3. Cut a large hole in the side of the bottle to allow a free flow of seeds, but make sure it isn’t too big as the wind may cause it to blow out.
4. In order to hang the homemade bird feeder from a tree, cut the right length of string so it will be able to hang freely. Tie this piece of string to the neck of the bottle.
5. Fill the bird feeder with all sorts of treats such as fruit, nesting materials and string.
6. Finally hang it on the tree for all to see and for birds to enjoy!

How to make a bug hotel

How to make a bug hotel – Miles Kelly

You will need:
• 2 plastic drinks bottles
• String
• Twigs and branches
• Scissors

What to do:
1. Clean the bottle to make sure there isn’t anything harmful inside for the bugs.
2. Cut off both ends of the two plastic bottles and discard, so you are left with two cylinders that are open at each end.
3. Make a small hole in the side of each cylinder that will be big enough to feed a piece of string through.
4. Cut two lengths of string and tie a knot at the end of each piece.
5. Take the end of a piece of string (without the knot) and feed it through the cylinder hole, from the inside. Repeat with the other cylinder. This is so you can hang your bug hotel.
6. Stuff the cylinders full of twigs, branches, pinecones and broken pots until it is full and tightly packed
7. Make a loop at the top of the string and hang from a shed, tree or wall.

We can’t wait to see what wildlife is attracted to our homemade bird feeder and insect house. If you want to learn more about nature and the environment, check out our brilliant handbooks and wildlife-inspired books, including British Wildlife Handbook and British Birds Handbook.

British Wildlife Handbook – Miles KellyBritish Birds Handbook – Miles Kelly

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