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These fun winter bird feeders are perfect to make with your kids or grandchildren..
My grandson loves watching the birds from my front window as they flit about in the tree outside. He loves watching the “friendly” deer as well as they wander through the yard looking for seeds that fall from the bird feeders and making up stories about them, that they are the mamma deer and the baby brothers. My daughter in law Kelsey, suggested a fun, kid friendly winter craft and this fit the bill perfectly!
Simple and hands on
Making the feeders is a very simple tasks and most things (except maybe birdseed or sunflower seeds) you’ll have in your house. We just searched the internet for some fun ideas (here, here and here) These are the three that we had the supplies on hand:
- Hanging Toilet Roll Feeder
- Plastic Cup Feeder
- Coffee Mug Holder
And the third:
- twine or string
- nut or peanut butter (I used natural ones without salt or sugar)
- lard (if you can get suet if you can get some)
- Black sunflower seeds (chickadees especially like them)
- Toilet or paper towel roll
- Plastic disposable cup
- large button
- Large coffee style mug (you can get them at thrift stores for $1.00)
- Medium sized bowl; spoon and knife and fork
- Small but sturdy stick with a small fork on it
Toilet Roll Feeder:
- Mix together 1/2 cup of lard and 1/2 cup nut butter in a bowl.
- Using a dinner plate, spread 1 cup of seeds
- Thread the string through a tie. It’s easier now than later
- Using a butter knife, spread on the paper roll. It’s messy but hold with your finger and thumb at each end. You can hold it while kids spread it on.
- Push, rather than rolling, the gooey tube on the seeds, rotating the tube and pushing the seeds in a pile as you go.
- Hang from a tree near a window (if you can) They are really fun to watch. You might want to rotate the tube every few days so they can perch on top and get eat the seeds and lard mixture.
Plastic Cup Feeder:
- Tie a medium sized button to a piece of twine about 12″ long
- Place the button at the bottom of the cup with the twine hanging out
- Mix together 1/3 cup lard, 1/3 cup nut butter and 1/2 cup seeds together in medium bowl
- Using a spoon and butter knife, scoop the mixture into the cup scraping it off the spoon with the knife
- As you go, pull the twine so it is coming up through the center of the cup
- Push it down so the cup is full. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours or until frozen solid
- Pushing around the side of the cup and pulling on the string, the mixture should pop out of the plastic cup. Tie in a knot in a tree (the first one we made, I didn’t tie in a knot and it fell out of the tree and a deer ate it the next day)
Coffee Cup Holder:
- Mix together 1/2 cup lard, 1/2 cup nut butter and 1/2 cup of seeds in a medium bowl
- Using a spoon and knife, smear the mixture into a coffee cup. When full, push stick in, like it shows in the photo
- Tie securely with twin on a tree branch. You can use a carabiner as well (we couldn’t find one)
You can see he lost a little interest, but proved to be a great helper. Have a great time with your littles! Just FYI, the one that has been the most popular for the birds is the toilet paper roll. Go figure?