Finding food in the winter is difficult for animals, so why not help them by making a homemade bird feeder during the frosty season? Bird feeders don’t have to be store bought. In fact, homemade bird feeders are an inexpensive way to help out nature. Building a homemade bird feeder is a great way to feed your local birds (along with other forest creatures) during the cold, barren months of winter. A homemade bird feeder is not only a useful way to keep the birds chirping, but a fun do-it-yourself activity for kids and adults alike. Making a homemade bird feeder is an excellent craft idea for kids’ parties during the winter, a holiday post-dinner activity, or just a creative way to kill time on a snow day. Personalizing homemade bird feeders with your family is a fun way to spend time together!
There are a variety of ways to make a homemade bird feeder with common household items, including pine cones, milk jugs, egg cartons, and more. The article below from Life123.com has a variation of ideas for homemade bird feeders to feed the woodland creatures and occupy your time during the cold, indoor season.
Making a Homemade Bird Feeder
Making a homemade bird feeder can be quite satisfying. Not only do you get to be creative, you also get to enjoy the results, watching birds fly in and eat tidbits in your own yard.
Pinecone Bird Feeder
Find a large, open pinecone and tie a long string around it towards the top of the cone. Spread peanut butter into all of the pinecone’s nooks and crannies. Then, roll the pinecone on a plate of wild bird seed. Hang the pinecone in a tree.
Homemade Bird Feeder Seeder
Take a large plastic milk jug that you were planning on throwing into your recycling can. About two inches up from the bottom, cut out a large hole. Next, poke some holes in the bottom of the jug in case it rains so that water will not accumulate inside the feeder. Then punch a hole and push in a stick or a popsicle stick so that birds have a perching place. Fill with wild bird seed.
You will be able to watch birds perching and eating as well as birds hopping inside of the jug to dine.
Bagel Bird Feeder
Take a bagel, even a stale one, and cover it with peanut butter. Then, roll the bagel in a combination of bird seed and cornmeal. Hang the bagel in a tree by a string.
Alternative: Coat the bagel in honey instead of peanut butter.
This bird feeder is completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Homemade Bird Feeder – The Ground
Remember that some birds prefer to eat with their feet on the ground. Therefore, you don’t need anything but a yard and seeds for this bird feeder. Simply toss some wild bird seed out for your feathered friends. For special treats, include cracked millet, thistle or black oil sunflower seeds.
Egg Carton Bird Feeders
Cut off the top of an egg carton and dispose of the top in the appropriate manner. Punch a small hole in each of the four corners of the bottom of carton. Thread a piece of string through each hole and tie a knot underneath the carton at each location so the string will hold. Pull together all four strings at their other ends and tie them together into a knot above the carton. You can now fill the egg carton with seeds and hang it in a tree.
If you have found yourself trapped inside during this holiday season, consider building this homemade bird feeder to help out your fellow creatures. Search through your recycling bin and cupboards for items such as bagels and egg crates to make into homemade bird feeders. Not only are you saving money at the store in bird feeders, but most homemade bird feeders are biodegradable. Not to mention, homemade bird feeders made with pine cones are a unique and inexpensive way to decorate for the holidays. Not only do homemade bird feeders make for festive decorations, but they are practical for feeding other living creatures.
Once your homemade bird feeder is completed, you may find yourself wanting to decorate the rest of your yard. If you need any help decorating your backyard once your homemade bird feeder is completed, feel free to contact Camosse Masonry Supply. The staff at Camosse are experts at improving on any home or backyard during any time of year.