Binder Ring Bird Feeder

Use this guide to create your own Bird Feeder out of Binder Rings.

The official first day of spring was last week and to help us get out of the winter rut, we decided to do a fun project for the birds. Not only are you upcycling your old binders with this project, you are feeding the birds too! Here is what you need:

  • Old Binder (for the rings)
  • String
  • Pinecones
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Nails or Screws
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Bird Feeder Supplies

If you have an old Samsill Earth’s Choice Binder, you can easily remove the rings. Just turn the binder over, take a flathead screwdriver and remove the screws. You can also watch the video on how to do it here.

Removing Screws Process


Once you are finished you can save the ring metal and cut the binder to help speed up the degrading process.

Ring MetalCut Plastic

Next, you can prepare the pine cones. Tie the string of your choice at the top of the pine cone. You can have each pine cone at different lengths or all of the same length.

Preparing Pine Cones

Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter over the entire pine cone. Then, place the bird seed on a plate and roll the pine cone to coat.

Pine Cone and Bird Seed

Attach the binder ring to a tree or fence post by replacing the screw that you removed when taking it out of the binder.

Attach Ring to Tree

Place the pine cones on the rings and enjoy!

Finished Bird Feeder