Easy Homemade Bird Feeders
At the end of the winter, 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!
Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder
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!
Jug Bird Feeder
You can make an inexpensive winter bird feeder with a pop bottle, milk or water jug. Simply rinse out the jug, cut open the sides, cut holes for a chopstick perch, add the birdseed, and it’s ready to hang it in a tree. You can even decorate the plastic jug with sequins, glitters and craft paint to make it look more colourful.
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.