I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm. Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.
Here's what you'll need:
Two empty cat or dog food cans, washed
Large, sturdy rubber bands
Poke two 1/2" holes in the bottom of one of the cans with a pen or a screwdriver. This is going to be the bottom of your feeder.
Cut a piece of hardware cloth, approximately 12" X 12" square.
Roll the hardware cloth into a cylinder, so that the ends are small enough to fit tightly into the top of the cat food can. Push the bottom can onto one end of the cylinder and the other can onto the other. Take a few large rubber bands and place one around the cylinder about every four inches to keep it tight.
Take some of your wire and wire the loose end of the cylinder tightly -- you want the wire to hold the cylinder together after you remove the rubber bands.
Snip off any long wire ends.
Remove the top can and use pliers to bend down the inner seal of the can that protrudes outwards so that it is completely flat. Place the top back onto the cylinder to ensure that it goes on and off smoothly.
Take a piece of wire, 12" in length, and feed each end into the sides of the hardware cloth cylinder, below the bottom of top lid.
Twist tightly and pull the top of the wire tight. This is your hanger.
Fill your feeder with sunflower seeds and replace the top lid. Hang it in your favorite tree or on a shepherd's hook.
The birds seem to love it. I think I will attach some kind of metal pie plate at the bottom on the next one, to catch any loose seeds.