As spring arrives it’s a great opportunity to get your family outdoors and show them how fun it can be to feed the birds. Recently, my daughter’s Sparks unit made these simple to make bird feeders from items you can easily find around the house.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
This one is my daughter’s favourite! You take a toilet paper roll and using a spoon or butter knife spread peanut butter or sunflower butter (or even coconut oil) all over the toilet paper roll. You then roll it in bird seed. A great way to control the mess while rolling is to put the bird seed in a cookie sheet. Once the toilet paper roll is covered with bird seed, you take some string or yarn and feed it through the toilet paper roll, tie it in a tight knot and voilà! it’s ready to hang on a tree!
Take a pipe cleaner, shape into a “U” and make a knot on one end. Then feed Cheerios and grapes through the pipe cleaner until the pipe cleaner is almost full. Once full, tie the ends together in a tight know and hang!
See how easy these are? We have had black birds, blue jays and chickadees pecking away at our bird feeders since they went up. My daughter can now identify each bird and looks forward to the feeders being empty so we can make more.