How to Make a Homemade Bird Water Feeder from a Plastic Bottle

Creating a DIY bird water feeder using a tray and a plastic bottle is an innovative and eco-friendly way to ensure that our feathered friends have access to fresh water, especially during the warmer months. This method not only recycles materials that might otherwise end up in landfills but also provides an essential resource for birds in your garden. Here’s how to craft this simple yet effective water feeder:

homemade bird water feeder

Materials Needed:

  • 1 plastic bottle (any size will work, but 1-2 liters is ideal)
  • 1 tray with margins higher than the bottle’s cap (to prevent water from spilling over)
  • Super glue or a strong adhesive
  • A sharp tool to make holes (a needle or small drill bit)


1. Prepare the Bottle Cap:

  • Take the plastic bottle and remove the cap.
  • Apply a generous amount of super glue to the rim of the cap.
  • Carefully position the cap in the center of the tray and press down firmly to ensure a strong bond. Allow it to dry completely according to the glue’s instructions.

2. Drill Holes in the Bottle:

  • Near the neck of the bottle, drill two small holes. The first hole should be very close to the bottle cap when it’s screwed on, about 1/4 inch away. The second hole should be positioned a bit higher, approximately a half-inch above the first hole.
drill holes in a plastic bottle

3. Fill and Assemble:

  • Fill the bottle with clean water.
  • Screw the cap (now glued to the tray) back onto the bottle tightly to prevent leaks.
  • Carefully invert the bottle and position it in the tray so that it stands upside down. The water will start to flow into the tray through the first hole.

4. Automatic Water Regulation:

  • As the water fills the tray and reaches the level of the second hole (the higher one), it will stop flowing due to the air pressure balance being achieved. This creates a self-regulating system where more water will only flow out as the birds drink and lower the water level below the second hole.

5. Placement:

  • Place your new bird water feeder in a quiet, shaded spot to prevent the water from evaporating too quickly and to encourage birds to visit.

Tips for Success:

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean the tray and bottle regularly to prevent algae growth and to ensure the water stays fresh for the birds.
  • Monitoring: Keep an eye on the water level, especially during hot days, to ensure it’s functioning correctly and the birds have continuous access to water.
  • Safety First: Make sure the edges of the holes are smooth to prevent any harm to the birds.

This feeder design uses basic principles of physics to maintain a consistent water level, providing a steady source of hydration for birds. By repurposing common household items, you’re contributing to environmental conservation while enjoying the presence of birds in your garden.

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