How to Use Recycled Materials to Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

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How to Use Recycled Materials to Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders
Squirrels can be a pest by eating the birdseed in your birdfeeder. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Squirrels are sneaky backyard scavengers that will often invade bird feeders that are meant to feed song birds. If you are making a handmade bird feeder, you can make the feeder squirrel-proof by designing it in a way that will prevent the squirrels from being able to reach the birdseed. You can even create a squirrel-proof bird feeder using recycled materials, such as used PVC pipe and pipe caps, which can often be found at a recycling centre or construction dump site.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Used PVC pipe, 2 inches wide, 18 inches long
  • Drill with 1-inch spade bit
  • 2 used pipe caps, 2 inches in diameter
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Wire mesh, fine gauge
  • Tacks
  • Hammer
  • Twine
  • Birdseed

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  1. 1

    Drill a hole into a 2-inch wide PVC pipe using a 1-inch spade bit to create a 1-inch hole. Place the hole about 3 inches from one end of the pipe.

  2. 2

    Plug in a hot glue gun and allow it to heat for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Squeeze a line of hot glue around the edge on the end of the pipe closest to the hole, then place a cap onto the end of the pipe. Allow the glue to cool completely.

  4. 4

    Cut a 2-square-inch piece of fine gauge wire mesh using shears.

  5. 5

    Tack the wire mesh over the drilled hole.

  6. 6

    Fill the tube with birdseed.

  7. 7

    Place a second cap onto the other end of the pipe. You will be able to remove the cap to refill the bird feeder with seed once it is empty.

  8. 8

    Cut a piece of twine to measure 8 inches long, and tack the ends of the twine onto the pipe to create a loop at the top of the pipe. Hang the squirrel-proof bird feeder onto a tree by the twine loop.

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