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This is for the Birds
May 02, 2020
Category: Nature, Crafts,

Spring is here! The birds are out, chirping, and hungry! What better activity to do with your kids this summer than to make some homemade bird feeders! The feeder will quickly energize any backyard and give the kids a chance to do bird watching and learn more about our feathered friends. And these bird feeders are all made with easy, available household items.

We are cheating a bit for this blog . . . simply could not resist this fun project for kids, especially since so many are at home indefinitely. The following came from www.yourdailydish.com and we hope you enjoy this as much as we have.

Check out these different bird feeders:

Milk Jug Bird Feeders 

Source: greatstems.com

 When plastic jug of milk is empty, turn it into a bird feeder! After cleaning the milk jug with mild soap and water, cut two “windows” into the larger sides of the jug using scissors. Next, punch two holes into the top of the jug for a hanger. Cut the wire, rope or twine to the desired length and insert it into the holes, but make sure to twist the wire on the inside of the jug. If you want to add a little convenience for the birds, insert a perch using a stick by cutting a slit in the side of the jug. Finally, decorate the jug and fill it with seed. Find the full instructions here.

Egg Carton Bird Feeder 

Source: gingersnapcrafts.com

 To make this easy feeder you will need an egg carton, twine, colorful markers, and some birdseed. After cutting the top of the egg carton, punch one hole in each corner of the carton. Next, use markers to decorate the carton. While the kids are painting, cut 4 pieces of twine into 18-inches and tie to each corner of the egg carton. Tie the pieces of twine together in one big knot and hang. Fill the carton with birdseed and enjoy! Find full details here.

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

Source: tonyastaab.com

 To make this feeder about 50 small popsicle sticks, 1 large popsicle stick, outdoor paint, long piece of hemp, a hot glue gun, glue sticks and glitter glue are needed. To make the feeder, line up 12 popsicle sticks and glue two across them in the opposite way. Turn the frame over and continue to stack the sticks but have them go in the opposite direction to create a strong base. Next, alternate the sticks around the frame and glue down the large popsicle stick. Continue building the frame on the outside once 6 rows are created. Once the glue is dry, let the kids decorate the feeder. Using a hot glue gun (be careful, do not let little kids handle), attach the hemp to the underside of the feeder and thread it through twice to create the hanging element. Find out more details on how to make these feeders here.

Cheerio Bird Feeder 

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Here is a quick and easy craft. Get pipe cleaners, Cheerios, and some ribbon. Thread the cereal through the pipe cleaners leaving a small amount of space to tie the ends together. Repeat the steps for as many hearts as you want to attach. Connect the hearts by looping the pipe cleaners inside of one another. Attach the ribbon to the top to hang outside. More instructions can be found here.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder 

Source: spiritofomaha.com

Though this feeder may get a little messy, the birds will be delighted! To make this feeder gather some pine cones, yarn, peanut butter, margarine, honey, and some bird seed. Tie a 3-4 foot piece of yarn around the pine cone so it can hang. Next, combine two tablespoons of peanut butter with two tablespoons of margarine and roll the pine cone in the mixture. Once the pinecone has the peanut butter mixture on it, dip it into the bird seed. After, drizzle some honey on top of the pine cone and place it in the freezer to dry. Hang it outside once it is set and watch the birds go crazy! Find the full instructions here.

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

Source: loelaloep.nl

If you are unable to find any pine cones for the above feeder, try this out and create a mobile. Use the same steps as above the roll the toilet paper rolls into the peanut butter mixture. Make as many as you want to hang on the mobile. For the support, use hot glue to connect two branches together. To connect the branches and the rolls, put some hot glue on the inside of the roll and stick to the branches. Find full details here.

Juice Carton Bird Feeder

Source: redtedart.com

Using an empty juice/milk carton, a craft knife, a plastic bottle lid, googly eyes, a craft stick, some paints, and a hot glue gun for this feeder. First, paint the juice carton and let dry. After the carton is set, cut a “tummy and wings” into the bottom half of the carton. Allow the wings to flap, only cutting them halfway. Glue the googly eyes on the top of the carton and fill with bird seed. Once the glue is dry, punch a small hole in the carton to hang outside. Find out how to make it here.

With various child daycare facilities in St. Augustine to choose from, T’s Learning Centers delivers our very best to your children and we love to share fun ideas! We know we have the craftiest children and teacher crafters! We’d love for you to share your bird feeder projects with us!