Easy Homemade Bird Feeders

| April 3, 2014 | 32 Comments

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.

Easy Homemade Bird Feeders
Toilet paper roll bird feeder

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!

Easy Homemade Bird Feeders
Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder

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!

Easy Homemade Bird Feeders
Pop bottle bird feeder

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.

Easy Homemade Bird Feeders
Easy Homemade Bird Feeders

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.

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Category: Crafts, Family, Home and Garden, Living, Ottawa, Spring/Summer Crafts

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In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at VirtualOfficeResources.ca. She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

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  1. catebrazil says:

    With this Winter finally starting to fade and my trees beginning to look alive again, I will definitley use this easy DIY craft with the kiddos!

  2. Rorybore says:

    Love these ideas! so easy for kids to do, and makes use of things that you already have on hand.

  3. Victoria Ess says:

    This is perfect DIY craft to entertain kids and welcome spring!

  4. amy lovell says:

    A great craft! Thanks!

  5. Brenda A says:

    Ha! We did this with my girls Brownies group! A little different, but essentially the same. The big problem we encountered was word got out to the neighbourhood squirrels and there was a big squirrel party at the feeders!

  6. Cheryl Grandy says:

    Bird feeders are not only fun to make, they provide enjoyment watching the birds eat. Great ideas!.

  7. kathy downey says:

    Love these ideas so easy for kids to do,we been having so many birds in our backyard this will be fun to make

  8. kathy downey says:

    we made these and the birds love them !

  9. JaimeeM says:

    great idea! ive been looking for a fun bird feeder idea for my son and I to do.

  10. Rick F says:

    What a great idea.

  11. kathy downey says:

    It seems the chick-a-dees really love these feeders

  12. Suzie M says:

    Great ideas

  13. Carlene R. says:

    I love the pipe cleaner bird feeder !! I will need to do this with my kids soon.

  14. Judy Cowan says:

    This is the first time I have seen the pipe cleaner one, will have to try one out and see how our wild birds like it!

  15. Suzie M says:

    I really like the pipe cleaner one will make it with my little guys

  16. DARLENE W says:

    Will soon be the season when the birds will need us to put out seed. Excellent way to provide a food source and have fun while doing it

  17. Anna W says:

    I love these, we always have dozens of paper tubes floating around. The kids always have a blast making these and watching the birds eating outside the window.

  18. kathy downey says:

    We only have blue jays eating in our feeders the last few weeks

  19. kathy downey says:

    The feeders are really a hit we have a backyard full of birds…boy they can sure eat that seed.We even have a few chipmunks who love the peanuts

  20. Cheryl says:

    This is a great craft idea to do with the kiddies on a cold winter day!! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  21. Emilia says:

    Great idea I can do this with all my grand children

  22. kathy downey says:

    I thought the chipmunks went underground for the winter but we have 2 eating at our feeders all winter,ever during storms.

  23. kathy downey says:

    We done really good making the feeders and have some around the yard and lots of visitors,the kids are enjoying filling the feeders and watching the birds.We also have a few nesting

  24. Anne Taylor says:

    I love these! These would be so much fun to make with my grandkids! Thanks!

  25. Linda Bragg says:

    This is a good idea for making feeders and my husband and I both love feeding our birds in our little back yard. We will be making these for sure..

  26. kathy downey says:

    Since Spring started i have been saving all the Bacon and other fat dripping and this weekend we will melt it all down and add seed and make our bird feeders for winter,its high calorie and great for the coldest months

  27. Julie says:

    My daughter would really enjoy making this!

  28. Julie says:

    This looks fun! My daughter and I love to watch the birds!

  29. Wanda Tracey says:

    This s a cute idea and it’s a great way to teach children about different birds.

  30. Minta Boggs says:

    Such cute ways to feed the birds!

  31. DebH says:

    Great ideas to make bird feeders; we are always looking for new ways to feed the birds.

  32. Debbie White Beattie says:

    This is a creative way of recycling and feeding the birds

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