How to Upcycle Old Batteries into Bird Feeders

How to Upcycle Old Batteries into Bird Feeders

How to Upcycle Old Batteries into Bird Feeders


Upcycling is a great way to reuse old materials and give them new life. Turning old batteries into bird feeders is an easy and fun upcycling project that helps the environment. In this article, I will walk you through the full process of upcycling old batteries into bird feeders step-by-step.

Gather Materials

To upcycle old batteries into a bird feeder, you will need:

  • Old batteries – AA, AAA, C, or D batteries work best. Make sure they are completely dead and no longer holding a charge.

  • Hot glue gun – This will be used to adhere the batteries together.

  • Twigs or branches – These will be glued to the batteries to create perches.

  • Bird seed – Any type of bird seed like millet, sunflower seeds, etc.

  • Decorations (optional) – Things like ribbon, beads, bells etc. to decorate the feeder.

Make sure you have all materials on hand before starting the project.

Clean and Prepare the Batteries

Before using old batteries for crafts, they need to be cleaned:

  • Wipe down the battery casing with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any dirt or residue.

  • Use a battery terminal cleaner to clean the positive and negative ends of the battery. This removes any battery corrosion.

  • Allow batteries to fully dry before moving to the next step.

Properly cleaning batteries helps remove toxic substances and prepares them for crafting.

Arrange the Batteries

Once your batteries are clean and dry, you can begin arranging them into the shape of your bird feeder.

  • Play around with different formations using 2-4 batteries.

  • Stacking batteries works well to create a tall feeder. Arranging them side-by-side gives you a wider feeder.

  • Hot glue batteries together at the positive and negative ends to adhere them. Allow glue to fully dry.

  • Make sure your battery formation is stable and will stand upright when filled with birdseed.

Take your time arranging the batteries to achieve the bird feeder shape and size you desire.

Add the Perches

Perches allow birds to easily land and feed on your battery feeder. Here’s how to attach them:

  • Gather twigs, small branches, or wooden dowels for perches. Cut them to size if needed.

  • Hot glue perches horizontally across the batteries. Place 2-3 perches around the feeder.

  • Make sure perches are secure and will support the weight of landing birds.

  • Allow the hot glue to fully dry and harden before moving on.

Properly attached perches give birds a place to comfortably feed on the bird feeder.

Fill With Bird Seed

Now it’s time to fill up your battery bird feeder:

  • Choose a bird seed like millet, sunflower seeds, nyjer, or a wild bird seed mix.

  • Carefully pour seed into the battery feeder, filling up holes and gaps.

  • Do not overfill – leave some battery exposed at the top.

  • Optional: Place seed in a small bag or reusable container inside the feeder to allow for easy refilling.

  • Consider mixing in suet or dried mealworms for an extra treat.

Filling the feeder completes the upcycled bird feeder and makes it ready for hanging outside!

Hang Outside for Birds to Enjoy

The final step is finding a good spot to hang your battery bird feeder:

  • Use a wire, rope, or string to hang the feeder from a tree branch, hook, stand etc.

  • Select a location that is easily visible for you to enjoy watching birds feed.

  • Avoid areas where feeder would swing in wind or get knocked down.

  • ** Hang 5-6 feet off the ground** to deter squirrels and bigger predators.

  • Replenish bird seed as needed once birds start visiting your feeder.

Properly hanging your upcycled battery bird feeder will allow birds to safely use and enjoy it!


Upcycling old batteries into a cute bird feeder gives them new life while helping our feathered friends. Follow the steps outlined above to successfully create a bird feeder from old batteries. Get creative with different battery arrangements and decorations. Then enjoy watching the birds take advantage of your eco-friendly creation. Upcycling helps reduce waste and repurposes forgotten items into useful products.