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Recycled Bird (or Squirrel) Feeder

Correct me if I'm wrong, because I don't buy a lot of juice, but I believe this image is showing off a clever way to reuse an old plastic juice container.

Squirrel Modeling the Bird Feeder

Visiting in Minneapolis last weekend, mom and I stopped in at a roadside rest stop and found this little household recycling project swinging from the trees. (And come to think of it, that actually looks like an onion bag filled with suet in the background. Yet more great recycling. Go Minnesota DOT, go!)

Looks like all you'd need is a big plastic juice jug, a utility knife (to cut the flaps in the sides), a nail (to pierce a hole in the lid), a knotted piece of string (to push through the hole in the lid) a stick or dowel (to give the birds a perch) and a little premium bird seed.*

It's certainly not squirrel-proof, but with squirrels this charming, maybe you don't really want to repel them.

Squirrel Close-Up

As a kid, I remember using the canisters from orange juice concentrate to make pencil holders, but I'm a bit of out of the loop on the world of food packaging projects.

If you're so inclined, post in the comments if you've seen any other inventive recycling ideas lately.

In the meantime, I hope y'all had a delightful weekend!

Cheers,
Miss Ginsu

* And conveniently, we learned last week that buying premium bird seed lets credit card companies know that you're reliable and creditworthy.

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5.26.2009

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photo. Miss Ginsu gets around. My friend, Chili, got the jump on reading this and sending it out to all the book group members. It was forwarded to me at 4:00 a.m. --t ypical birder time.

5/27/2009  
Blogger Yvo said...

That's pretty cute. For some reason that looks like a bleach container to me (except clearish instead of white) but I don't buy juice either.

I have heard/read a long time ago about cutting it in half and using it for sand/beach toys... the top half being a shovel, the bottom being a bucket. I can't speak from personal experience to how awesome it is, though.

5/27/2009  

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