Asked on Feb 08, 2015

Need suggestions please

I have several of these plastic chicken feeders which I bought to use as planters. Other than the obvious way of filling with dirt and planting a seed/plant in each hole, any ideas on how to use "differently"? Thanks for your help :)
q repurposing plastic chicken feeders, gardening, how to, repurposing upcycling
  25 answers
  • Can you drill a hole down the middle and insert a threaded rod so you can place several with one over the next spacing them apart. Might be interesting in making a hanging planter out of them with one hanging down over the next.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Woodbridge Environmental Wow! great idea...and yes, i can drill a middle hole! Thanks so much for such a uniquely creative idea!

  • Jlricker Jlricker on Feb 08, 2015
    bird feeders?

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Jlricker Thanks so much for the reply; i definitely will use one to try it out as a bird feeder. The only reason I haven't so far is having to screw the jar on the feeder puts it upside down so to refill it, it has to be dismantled completely which my hubby (who is the bird-feeder filler-upper) would not take time to do since we have quite a few other types of feeders out already. Still, thanks for replying

  • Mary Mary on Feb 08, 2015
    I once saw a jar on these files with jelly beans.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Mary LOL, cute idea and would be great if there was anyone other than me to eat the sweets! I would definitely get in trouble with them as my kids are grown and moved on and my hubby does not like candy sweets! Thanks for the reply!

  • Jennifer Patterson Jennifer Patterson on Feb 08, 2015
    Run a strand of Christmas lights into a mason jar and run plug out one hole. Then add some glass beads into bottom. They will reflect the light. Does not got too hot for plastic.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Jennifer Patterson Terrific idea! I can do this and hang from the four corners of the deck! Thanks so much...very creative!

  • Sandy Wimmer Sandy Wimmer on Feb 08, 2015
    Use an empty quart jar such as one from Miracle Whip. a piece of 1/4" allthread, and some nuts and bolts to make bird feeders.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Sandy Wimmer Gonna give the bird feeder idea a try! Keeping them filled will probably be the challenge...we have so many birds feasting at our current feeders; they'll probably send out a "buffet" all-call to all the fly-bys!!!! Love the idea...thanks!

  • Paulette Herrman Paulette Herrman on Feb 08, 2015
    My HUMMING BIRDS would love it!!!!

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Paulette Herrman Oh wow!!!!! If we could get hummers to come to them....that would be so fabulous! Gonna def try that! We have a myriad of hummingbird feeders that we put out and only get a few hits! We're thinking there must be some mega feeding station nearby; can't figure anything else. The few that come look like their on their way somewhere :( We would so love to get some regular hummers but so far haven't been able to latch on to any! Gonna give this a try! Thanks!

  • 153091 153091 on Feb 08, 2015
    chickens no..Hummers yes

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Jan B. Let's hope the hummers take the far we haven't been successful in getting any attracted ones to stay. Not sure why... Thanks for replying :)

  • Beth Hancock Beth Hancock on Feb 08, 2015
    Looks like a garden tool organizer to me.....but that's what I need is more organization lol How about painting it and use it as a centerpiece for an outdoor room with cut flowers and plants while you root them?

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Beth Hancock Planting it with cuttings is a great idea! I'll definitely give that a try! Using it for a garden tool organizer wouldn't work as the item is way too small for that...well unless it was fairy garden tools! But I'm not doing a fairy garden right now but sure appreciate the reply and the cutting rooting station idea! Brilliant!

  • Tamera Glass Tamera Glass on Feb 08, 2015
    Perhaps repurpose as a Wine Bottle Holder

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    • Tamera Glass Tamera Glass on Feb 08, 2015
      @Sherrill Graviano Flower arrangement bowl? Candle in Center and Flowers around in openings?

  • Lee Cole Lee Cole on Feb 08, 2015
    Screen a quart size mason jar onto it. Fill with bird seed and wrap a piece of copper wire around it sort of like a Z, and leave a loop at the top to hang.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Lee Cole On doing some more research, i've found a few bird feeders made just like you described....very simple but very very attractive! Definitely gonna do this...thanks for replying!

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Feb 08, 2015
    What about a buffet server....You could put a bowl of maybe squared angel food cake and into the holes around it put smaller bowls of topping ingredients like chocolate syrup, coconut, nuts, caramel syrup...whatever toppings you like.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Elizabeth Good idea! Next time we have others over for a meal, I'll definitely use this idea! Thanks for replying.

  • Robin Miller Cresci Robin Miller Cresci on Feb 08, 2015
    Candy! Fill with Jelly beans or conversation hearts! Would look great on a farm table!

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Robin Miller Cresci Thanks Robin! Will have to do this when there is someone (other than ME!) around to eat it :)

  • Diane Diane on Feb 08, 2015
    I have seen them with candy fill a jar with candy then screw the jar on to the base

  • Mary Mary on Feb 08, 2015
    Spray paint and succulents

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Mary Thanks....great idea! Want to find something that will drape well so thinking that donkey tail and that plant that looks like peas! Thanks for the splendid idea :)

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 08, 2015
      @Beau Heau Thanks for that idea AND for the! Bunches and bunches of great ideas! Really appreciate the share :)

  • 1@godsgarden 1@godsgarden on Feb 08, 2015
    use your chicken feeders as flower pots ,plant different kinds of flowers in each opening's and fill the rest of the top up with potting soil and plant a ivy ( small one ) for the topper hope it works ! let me know ok also where did you purchase the feeder I would like to get some and try this idea myself , are they cheap ? I'm very frugal and always looking for a very good deal :) Lydia Salinas from s. m. ca.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 09, 2015
      @1@godsgarden Hey Lydia, thanks for your suggestion; definitely will give this a try! I don't remember exactly where i purchased them but i just googled them and there are lots of places selling them for about $5 or less. Since they are pretty sturdy plastic, i imagine they'll last quite a long time Thanks again for the suggestion.

  • Nancy Park Nancy Park on Feb 09, 2015
    You could use one as a candy dish. I think it would make a great herb garden by planting different herbs in the holes.

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 10, 2015
      @Nancy Park Thanks Nancy! Love the herb garden idea...will definitely give that a try; candy...not so much, LOL! I put candy in there and I'l be the one munching on it all day! So, thanks for the reply...I really do love the herb idea!

  • Terry Lane Terry Lane on Feb 10, 2015
    Looks like a great cat toy! Drop a couple of little balls that have bells in them. They will be busy for ever. What do u think?

    • Sherrill Graviano Sherrill Graviano on Feb 10, 2015
      @Terry Lane LOL! I so agree....would keep the kitties busy forever! If I ever get a cat (and my dogs forgive me and let me back in the house!) I would definitely try this! Thanks for the suggestion...and the chuckle!

  • Sandie Watts Sandie Watts on Feb 11, 2015
    M&M candy dish use a canning jar.

  • Ana Contreras Ana Contreras on May 31, 2017
    Use it as a desk caddy. Paint or your favorite color. Add a jar or plain round vase in the center. The smaller openings can house smaller glass containers (all from dollar store). Center can be used to hold scissors, pens, pencils and smaller ones can hold paper clips, etc.

  • Cheryl Weinbender Cheryl Weinbender on May 31, 2017
    You can use these as gift ideas. Fill with a bag of M&M's etc. That way your person recieving the gift can fill them selves. I would use a mason quart jar to screw to the base. Paint the glass jar. Tie at the base with a beautiful ribbon. Have fun with it. Ta-da

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 02, 2017
    I use these for bird feeders. A Mason jar fits perfectly. Have also used them to plant small succulents. Good luck!

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 02, 2017
    Those are definitely bird feeders at my house. A Mason jar works perfectly!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 10, 2021

    Use it to display plant pots. easier to ring the changes if not performing well!

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 04, 2022

    Hi Sherrill, you could stack them and plant in them, for trialing plants like strawberries