Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty person, so I made this up-cycled bird feeder from a plastic container from Chick-fil-A. The Chick-fil-A Mom Panel moms were given the up-cycled challenge of turning their spicy southwest salad bowl into anything else.

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

These were a lot of fun to put together, we have a lot of birds in our yard. We currently have a few nests in the trees and around the playground. When the kids come to visit, they really love watching the birds. So what better to have than a bird feeder. This is something we want to do with the rest of the trees around the yard.

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

When I received my coupon in the mail from them, I was excited to cash it in for a yummy treat. While the coupon was for the Spicy Southwest Salad, you are able to switch it out for one of the other salads. I just don’t like spicy stuff (I get crazy acid these days), so I got the Cobb Salad instead. None the less, it was still simply amazing.

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

What you need to make a “up-cycled bird feeder”

• Chick-fil-A salad bowl
• plastic bottle that has a cap
• paint color of your choice (or spray paint)
• 2 metal coat hangers
• duct tape
• bird seed

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

Steps to making your own “up-cycled bird feeder”

Step 1: Cut a hole in the bottom of the bowl to fit the top of the bottle through it.

Step 2: Paint or spray paint the bottle and lid of salad bowl. Let sit & dry.

Step 3: Hook hanger ends into the lid where there’s holes and then tape the ends under the lid.

Step 4: Cut holes at the bottom of the bottle, so that the seeds could fall out of the bottle into the bottom of the salad bowl.

Step 5: Fill bottle with bird seeds and then screw it on to the bottom of the salad bowl.

Step 6: Hang in the tree and watch the birds get their grub on.

Up-Cycled Bird Feeder | ‪#‎chickfilamomsDIY‬

After creating this, I came up with another idea for the birds with using the Chick-fil-A’s salad bowl. Check out some of the other projects.

Disclosure: As a member of the Chick-fil-A Moms Panel I received a coupon for a free Spicy Southwest Salad. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

About Natalie

Natalie is a North Carolina single mom who enjoys the simple things in life such as live music, great food, travel. When she’s not blogging, you can probably find her making graphics, binging netflix or spending time with friends.


  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    That is such a great idea. I want to make one, too!

  2. Amazing project! I like birds around my house!

  3. Actually this is a really cute idea , and the result looks nice and decorating, I’m goint to try this on the trees in my grandma’s yard! she’s got little birds flying all over the place.

  4. Oh my! Looks like a fun craft project! I wish I were so creative to make something for nature! I will have to try something similar!

  5. Such great ways to reuse a container. This would make a great Cub scout project.

  6. I’ll have to start saving my Chic Fil A salad bowls to make a couple of these. We love watching the birds eating out of bird feeders and I try to reuse everything that I can.

  7. This is such a smart idea. I like how you’ve put these containers to use instead of just throwing them in the garbage.

  8. What a great idea! And recycled, too!! It’s great use (and reuse) of a plastic container that would end up on a landfill! I’m certain the birds love it!

  9. Recycle projects are super cool! This looks like a fun project for sure.

  10. What an awesome way to upcycle! The birds came back to our yard a while ago and we love feeding them!

  11. How cool! I love Upcycled projects! I try to reuse my kcups all the time!

  12. reena santos says:

    This is pretty good idea. so creative. Thanks for this idea.

  13. I have made several bird feeders. I love watching the birds enjoying them in the yard.

  14. Danne Reed says:

    Oh, you are so creative! Thanks for the nice idea, I will love to have my own!

  15. Elizabeth O. says:

    This is pretty cool and it’s a great way to recycle used bottles and containers. What would make this activity more fun, would be if you do it with the kids!

  16. Nicole Escat says:

    Wow, very nice idea. I love seeing birds around my apartment. This is such a clever one!

  17. Ryan Escat says:

    You are so creative, I love recycling too! This is a project must-have for me, thanks.

  18. I love the colour of the upcycled bird feeder it would definitely attract the birds in a good way!

  19. So cool! I would not have thought you can even upcycle stuff like these. I usually just throw them out. I will ask the hubby if he can make something like this. It would be nice to watch the birds happily feeding.

  20. This is so nice, I love the recycling idea. This will surely attract birds in my balcony.

  21. Lexie Lane says:

    You are so talented! This thing is so creative, I love your idea. I’m sure birds will love this.

  22. There is so much bird in my place right and I could really use a bed feeder right now! Thanks for sharing this.

  23. I love that upcycling is becoming a new trend. This is fab, well done, I might just try it myself.

  24. This is so oddly adorable. I love how easy it is to get the supplies and make this. This is a very helpful post, thank you.

  25. Ron Leyba says:

    This is such a great idea. Amazing bird feeder. Love it.

  26. I love reusing items. My kids enjoy it too. Keeps the creativity flowing!

  27. That is such a great bird feeder. I need to make one of these. I love it! I use to make things similar to this for birds when I was younger.

  28. what an amazinng idea..will definitely making some soon

  29. What a great idea! I will have to show this to my mom! She loves to feed all the birds on her property!

  30. Melissa Bernardo says:

    Great up-cycling idea! I used my container and made a yarn bowl 🙂 Hopefully you get lots of pretty birds!

  31. victoria says:

    Wow, This is absolutely a great idea. I want to make this one

  32. Cute project! I have not made this yet but in my location, the weather is too hot like I say 117 temp!! I do not know if the birds would come to eat the upcycled bird feeder or not. I love to feed the birds but I disliked the pigeons. Anyway, thank you for sharing 🙂

  33. This is great, my friend has a big cage and I was thinking if maybe I can surprise her with a DIY feeder like that. Very doable and it looks good!

  34. I need to show my husband that! He is a huge bird feeder and bird house lover! Love your idea, I will be maybe trying it with my family!!!

  35. That is super cute!! We don’t have that many Chick-Fil-A’s around here, but that salad sounds absolutely scrumptious, and now I’m wanting one! 🙁

  36. tauyanm says:

    my daughter would have love this! maybe i can make one and hang it on our window coz there are birds every morning knocking our windows haha

  37. This is an excellent bird feeder idea, and I love how you’ve used materials around the house. I want to do this with my daughter this summer; she would love it! Thanks for the idea.

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