Crafting the Best DIY Bird Feeder for Kids: 6 Simple Ideas

Looking to embark on a delightful project with your kids that combines creativity and nature? Look no further! Explore the world of DIY bird feeders made from unconventional items like tea cups, apples, pinecones, bundt cakes, and even peanuts. Engage your little ones in a hands-on adventure while adding a whimsical touch with your cute bird feeder to your backyard.

Tea Cup Bird Feeder: A Creative Adventure

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Are you looking for a fun and easy project to do with your kids? Look no further because I have the perfect idea for you – DIY bird feeders made from tea cups! Not only is this a great way to get your kids involved in nature, but it also adds a touch of whimsy to your backyard.

You’ll need:

  • Yarn
  • 1-2 old cups
  • 150 g Coconut oil (approximately 5.29 ounces)
  • Cooking oil
  • Approx. 150 g Seed mix (chopped peanuts, sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, oats)

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Instructions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a pot on the stove.
  2. Take it off the heat and mix in the seed blend.
  3. Add a splash of cooking oil to prevent the fat from getting flaky.
  4. Important: Stir the mixture thoroughly with a spoon.
  5. Fill the cup about halfway with the bird treat mix and let it harden.
  6. Simply attach the cup with a stick in the garden (maybe on a tree), and let the bird banquet begin!
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Simple Apple Bird Feeder: Nature’s Treat

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Necessary Items

  • An apple
  • A corer
  • String
  • Two sturdy but thin twigs/sticks per apple
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Optional: A screwdriver and small knife

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Crafting Steps

  1. Remove the core of the apple using a corer or a screwdriver and knife method.
  2. Create a hanger and perch by tying string around the first stick and threading it through the apple.
  3. Insert the second stick sideways near the bottom to serve as a perch.
  4. Add sunflower seeds to the outer edge of the apple for a decorative touch.
  5. Hang the feeder on a strong branch or balcony using the attached string.

And in this post you can find another cool idea how to hang the apple inside a wooden birdhouse.

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Pinecone Bird Feeders: A Timeless Classic

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Ingredients

  • Pinecones
  • String
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 T shortening or butter
  • 2-3 cups birdseed

Crafting Instructions

  1. Tie string to the tip of each pine cone.
  2. Melt peanut butter and butter together until runny.
  3. Dip pinecones in the mixture, ensuring they are fully covered.
  4. Roll pinecones in birdseed.
  5. Hang in nearby trees or bushes for the birds to enjoy. Or you can create a beautiful display with clay pots and trays.

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Bundt Cake Bird Feeder: A Feast for Feathered Friends

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Supplies:

  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • 9″ bundt pan
  • 2 packets gelatin
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 6 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 8 cups birdseed
  • Cooking spray
  • Fresh or frozen cranberries

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Crafting Steps:

  1. Mix gelatin with warm water, add corn syrup and flour.
  2. Gradually add birdseed, stirring until fully coated.
  3. Coat the bundt pan with cooking spray, add cranberries.
  4. Spoon birdseed mixture into the pan, pressing down firmly.
  5. Let the wreath dry for 24 hours.
  6. Carefully remove the wreath and serve on a cake stand or hang it up with ribbon.
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Crafting Suet Mini Bundt Cake Bird Feeders: A Savorous Delight

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Materials

  • Microwave-safe mixing bowl or saucepan
  • Mixing spoon or ladle
  • Coconut oil, rendered beef suet or solid fat
  • pre-made mix of grains for wild birds or other fillings
  • Muffin tins lined with paper baking cups or silicone donut mold and sticks
  • Twine for hanging

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Crafting Steps

  1. Melt 500 g (approx 17.64 ounces) of coconut fat in a pot at low temperature until it turns into a liquid.
  2. Stir in 500 g to 700 g of bird feed/grain mix.
  3. Let it cool a bit, then pour into silicone molds or cups. We added a stick to the cups, so the birds can perch on them.
  4. Allow it to harden in the fridge (or outside in freezing temperatures).
  5. Pop them out of the molds and hang them in a tree or the birdhouse!

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You can also make Bird Seed Muffins using paper baking cups. Poke a hole in the bottom of paper baking cups and thread twine through for hanging. Then spoon the fat and seeds mixture into the baking cups, ensuring the string protrudes.

Peanut Wreath Bird Feeder: A Visual Delight for Birds

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A simple yet eye-catching treat for our feathered friends is a peanut wreath. String peanuts, pierced with a knitting needle, onto a wire. To avoid any bird mishaps, secure the wire ends tightly. Tip: Wreaths made with a mix of dried fruits and nuts are a true visual delight too!

For a small peanut wreath, all you need are:

  • a pack of peanuts (preferably organic)
  • a knitting needle
  • a sturdy base
  • a wire that easily forms a circle
  • a string for hanging
  • and, if it’s a gift, perhaps a ribbon for decorating.
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Instructions:

  1. Place the peanuts on a wooden base and pierce them from the top with a knitting needle. Be careful not to hold the peanuts in your hand to avoid any mishaps.
  2. Thread the pierced peanuts onto a wire, previously bent at one end. Leave the last five to ten centimeters free so you can close the wreath. Attach the string for hanging at this point. You can also add a ribbon here; the birds won’t mind, as long as it doesn’t become a bird fashion emergency!
  3. There you have it – a peanut wreath for our feathered friends! It might take a few days for the chickadees and company to spot this edible decoration. Once they’ve had their fill, refill it with peanuts and let the avian party continue!

These engaging DIY bird feeders are not only enjoyable to create, but also provide a charming way to connect with nature. Make memories with your children while inviting feathered friends to your backyard banquet.