Since it is summer time, I am constantly on the look out for activities to keep my kiddos entertained. I like to upcycle and use my guys creativity, and when I saw how the Hawaiian Punch jug was made, I just knew there a was a way to transform it into something useful.
Since the Hawaiian Punch Jug comes with a handle and is a nice size, I decided it would be perfect for a bird feeder.
If you would like to create this craft as well, this is what you will need:
1 Hawaiian Punch Jug (or similar one with a built on handle)
A Utility Knife
Tip: This is a really easy craft to create, however before you give it to the kids you will need to remove the label from the Hawaiian Punch Jug. To remove it, tear as much as you can off and then soak in water for a couple of minutes. Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.
To get started, I gave the jug to my kids and instructed them to decorate it anyway they wanted too (they took turns each decorating a side). I just reminded them to fill it in so we could see the colors from the house.
Caution: Only an adult should use the Utility Knife. Take your time and be careful as you are cutting since the plastic can be slippery and you may want to wear work gloves for extra added protection.
I then took it and cut out a hole on each side of the jug. I first cut 3 sides of a square and folded it down on both sides so the birds would have a place to perch. Then I cut a triangle shape out above both of these squares so the birds could get in and out easily. I also poked a very small hole (4 in total) at each side of the bottom to allow for drainage when it rains.
I then picked up some wild bird seed and hung the feeder away from the fence on a Shepherd’s Hook. This way we would deter the squirrels from trying to get to it.
The birds have been checking it out, and after a couple of days, the yard has become busy with different types of birds. We have seen Black Birds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Doves, and what I think might be Wrens. Needless to say, the kids and I are SUPER excited about this outcome.
Tips: Put just enough seed to cover the bottom of the feeder, and fill it up as needed. Even though there are holes in the bottom, you will want to check it every couple of days especially if there is rain to avoid mold growth. If it gets dirty, just wash it out with the hose, and let it dry before you put your feed back in again.
Have you created anything like this out of a household item? Do you have any bird feeder tips?
If you try this craft, let me know what you think.