Our house backs up to a woods, so we love to see the birds (and other creatures like bunnies and deer) come up into our backyard. Even though we have store bought bird feeders, we decided to try to make some of our own. These turned out to be super simple and fun. And, they even make great gifts for others, too.
Pair it up with an awesome bird book and you can actually get a lesson out of this project. Our favorite bird books include Birds, Nests & Eggs (Take Along Guides) and Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book: With 48 Stickers. We’ve used both of these a great deal throughout the year (and for all seasons) in homeschooling.
DIY Bird Feeder Craft
- Cardboard (an old box or shoebox works great)
- String or yarn
- Peanut butter or lard (or both)–this is what basic suet is made from
- Mixed bird seed
- Paper plates
- Hole punch
1. Draw the shape of your bird feeder onto the cardboard. (We decided to use hearts, which makes this an awesome Valentine’s Day craft, too!)
2. Cut the shape out of the cardboard with scissors. (A craft knife works really well with the cardboard.)
3. Using the hole punch, punch a hole at the top of the shape. Thread the ribbon or yarn through the hole and tie it to make a big loop.
4. Pour the birdseed onto the paper plate.
5. Liberally spread one side of the cardboard shape with the peanut butter or lard. Place the shape, lard/peanut butter side down, into the birdseed on the plate. Press gently.
6. While shape is still facing down, spread peanut butter or lard on the other side of the shape. Flip the shape over and press into the birdseed.
7. Lift shape and fill in any empty spots by pressing birdseed into it.
8. Hang outside and enjoy watching all the feathered friends that come by to enjoy your yummy craft!
Recommendations of Bird Books for Kids
affiliate links are used in this post