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Friday, 24 November 2017

DIY Birdfeeder

As everyone else goes crazy for Black Friday we're a bit different here....we're feeding the birds.

I've been teaching the kids about the seasons this week and one of the things we touched on is how it becomes a struggle for wildlife to survive the winter months as the temperatures drop and less and less natural food sources are available. Ever the empath, Logan wanted to help the wildlife to get through the winter so we found a really easy and kid friendly method to make a bird feeder :)

Home made DIY Birdfeeder
It's incredibly cheap and easy to make, all you need is some cardboard loo roll inners, some peanut butter and some mixedseeds/bird feed.

First you spread the nut butter on the cardboard tube, then spread the seeds/feed out on a tray and simply roll the tube over it to coat it in seeds.

making the DIY bird feeders

Leave it to dry out and set a bit et Voila! All you have to do next is threads some string through the tube and hang up outside in your garden, local trees, down the park etc

We've put them up in a few of the local trees now and will probably make a few each week to scatter around the area to keep our feathered friends well fed :)

DIY Bird Feeder in Action
I've also heard of people using pinecones instead of loo roll tubes so there are other options to mix it up and keep the kids interested.

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  1. OMG this is so genious... a very clever idea. we got a lot of paper rolls .... now I know what to make. Would you like to share this at my linkup?

    have a nice weekend and thank you for the inspiration

  2. Great idea! I can confirm that the pinecones work well. Glad to see that five on Friday is thriving!

  3. Great idea, and easy to make! Sorry I didn't join in this week...have family here for Thanksgiving. Just taking a few minutes tonight...

  4. This has bought back memories of helping the school make bird feeders with yoghurt pots. A tip if anyone ever wishes to make those ones, it must be with solid dripping and not lard. The lard is just not hard enough. The birds love them. Cx


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