DIY Bird Feeder From An Upcycled Chocolate Tub

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We ended up with about 4 chocolate tubs after this Christmas and our various birthdays. And what do you do with these plastic boxes once the festive season or celebration is over? Well today I am going to show you how to make one into a DIY bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder From An Upcycled Chocolate Tub

How to make your own DIY Bird Feeder - Transform & upcycle a plastic chocolate tub into a useful garden decoration and bird feeding station. This mobile hanging bird table and feeder is made from a plastic tub that used to contain chocolates. Rather than throw the plastic into landfill, I wanted to reuse it. Upcycling a plastic tub into a large bird feeder. Read and follow along with this easy tutorial to see how I made mine!

I have several of these sweet tubs around the house already in use. They are great for

  • storing things in. 
  • transporting cakes and cookies
  • keeping sweets out of my child’s reach.

Empty plastic chocolate tubs

But once you have some, they are quite difficult to find more uses for. And as with all plastic, they may just end up in landfill. So I decided to try to find an alternative upcycling use for one.

And in the winter season, why not use one as a bird feeder? The problem with some bird feeders is that they can be a little too small, or very accessible to cats, so this bird feeder is perfect for me. It can be hung on my washing line out of reach of the cats. Plus it is sturdy enough for quite a large amount of food. Which means I don’t need to be filling it every day.

What you need for your DIY Bird Feeder

 

Materials needed for a DIY bird feeder

  • Old Chocolate Tub
  • An old plastic jar – mine was from sugar substitute. One with a screw on lid – and wide enough to get your hand into – you’ll see why later!)
  • Primer and spray paint suitable for on plastic and for outdoors – I had a tin of this stone effect paint left over from another project.
  • Glue
  • Screws and nuts – I used these as I didn’t think glue alone would be strong enough
  • A piece of string for hanging

How To Make It

I primed and spray painted my tub. It needed 2 coats of the actual colour. You can leave the tub as it was, but for me, I wanted something a bit more aesthetically pleasing as a finished product.

Primer on plastic tubs

1st coat of paint - it needed 2 coats

I then bored a hole in the centre of the lid (which is now the base of the feeder) and the body of the tub (which is now the top of the feeder, and will act as a shelter)

Holes bored in all the elements of the DIY bird feeder

At the same time I cut 3 holes around the bottom of the plastic jar in little arch shapes. This is where the seed is going to be dispensed from. I bored holes in the centre of the lid and in the centre of the bottom of the jar.

The base of the jar glued and screwed to the lid of the tub

I glued the jar base to the lid of the chocolate tub, making a flat surface for the seed to flow to. At the same time, I used the nut and bolt to support and attach the jar base to the tub lid more firmly. (You need to be able to get your hand right into the jar to to this step, which is where the large sugar substitute jar is a good choice). Like I said before, I just didn’t think that glue alone is enough to hold the weight of the jar, bird seed and birds!

Nut, bolt and glue holding base in position

I then did the same for the jar lid, glueing the sugar substitute lid to the tub base, and threading the nut and bolt through the hole I’d prepared earlier to solidify the whole thing. I let this glue dry.

Finally, I made some small holes for some string or twine to act as a hanger. This is now perfect to suspend the bird feeder from my washing line.

You Have A Finished Bird Feeder!

How to make your own DIY Bird Feeder - Transform & upcycle a plastic chocolate tub into a useful garden decoration and bird feeding station. This mobile hanging bird table and feeder is made from a plastic tub that used to contain chocolates. Rather than throw the plastic into landfill, I wanted to reuse it. Upcycling a plastic tub into a large bird feeder. Read and follow along with this easy tutorial to see how I made mine!

I think it looks really great, and I love the stone finish in my garden. You don’t need to use the primer and paint, but if you leave it bare then everyone will know your secret!

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How to make your own DIY Bird Feeder - Transform & upcycle a plastic chocolate tub into a useful garden decoration and bird feeding station. This mobile hanging bird table and feeder is made from a plastic tub that used to contain chocolates. Rather than throw the plastic into landfill, I wanted to reuse it. Upcycling a plastic tub into a large bird feeder. Read and follow along with this easy tutorial to see how I made mine!

3 Replies to “DIY Bird Feeder From An Upcycled Chocolate Tub”

  1. Caz / InvisiblyMe says:

    Oooo what an excellent idea! I never would have thought of that. I always try to reuse ours, at least for a while, but they typically get used for storage. Putting them to such good use like a birdfeeder isn’t just better for the environment for upcycling, it’s great for the birdies too. xx

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  2. Tina Bailey says:

    OOOH I love this! I’ve been using these tubs to store xmas decorations for years, but recently got a proper xmas dec storage system. This is definitely going to help epicycle a good few of the now redundant tubs!

    Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I know! There is only so much storage you can use these for, isn’t there?

      Reply

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