Recycled Salad Container Into a Bird Feeder

5 Materials
1 Hour

Upcycling and recreating everyday items can be fun for kids! This summer, don't throw out your fast food salad containers, instead, turn them into colorful and whimsical bird feeders!
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
This recycle project is one the kids will enjoy creating!
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
Begin by spray painting the containers a vibrant color. Make sure you chose a spray paint that's suited for plastics.
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
Punch holes on the four corners, and thread and tie long pieces of twine through each one.

recycled salad container into a bird feeder
Then, have your children string beads along the twine.
They can string the beads into a pattern or just randomly, it's totally up to them.
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
When each strand is beaded, tie all four ends onto a metal ring at the same time. Make sure your strands are level and that one isn't longer than the other one. This will effect how well it hangs.
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
Fill the salad container with your choice of birdseed and hang in an area that the bird feeders can be seen easily.
recycled salad container into a bird feeder
Sit back, and enjoy the beautiful pop of color.
It's fun to take the time with your child and observe the species of birds that use the feeders together.

We've had our bird feeders for about a year now, and they've survived many rain storms and adverse weather, and have retained their vibrancy very well.

Suggested materials:

  • Recycled salad container  (Chick fil A)
  • Spray paint  (Amazon)
  • Pony beads  (Amazon)
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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Barbara Reeves Brown
    on Aug 10, 2017

    Any way to keep the squirrels out of this cute container?

    • Barbara Reeves Brown
      on Dec 7, 2018

      Gail Sugalski, I have finally found the answer to the bird seed and squirrel problem. Mix COLE'S FLAMING SQUIRREL SEED SAUCE IN WITH THE SEEDS. The birds love it and the squirrel's hate it. I order mine from Amazon. Make a large batch of it and keep it in a sealed container. Wear gloves and make sure not to get this in your eyes,'s HOT! Habenero Chili Peppers and oil.

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  • Mary
    on Aug 10, 2017

    Kids will enjoy making these, watching the birds come, learning from bird books about which birds they are, working with the beads, etc. Wow! Some adults very well may also.

  • Dia10169356
    on Aug 10, 2017

    I have several of the frozen dinner dishes, which have a large & small space in them - been wondering about how to use them - this should work great!! Maybe could even put 2 kinds of food, or fruits, etc. in separate compartments. Good idea!

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