Welcome back to another Crafty Video with Ali from Kids Chaos and myself! This week, is more of an “ideas chat” (with simple instructions discussed!) as we discuss Bird Feeder Crafts! And looking after birds this Winter. The majority of the Bird Feeder Ideas discussed are quite simple and need little explanation. There are few things to consider when looking after Birds this Winter and making sure that you feed them the RIGHT sort of food. If you have the right basics, it is up to you how creative you get with your DIY Bird Feeders. We have a number of “5 minute bird feeder craft” ideas, as well as some more elaborate ones too!
Making birdfeeders is a wonderful way to decorate your backyard but also attract wildlife! You will see that there are lots of ways to make birdfeeders, from using recycled milk jugs to more elaborate teacup and saucer affairs! There is a tutorial for each one!
What to put in your DIY Bird Feeders:
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- Bird Seed Mixture (UK Readers buy it here, US Readers buy it here)
- Black Sunflower seeds (UK Readers buy it here, US Readers but it here)
- Nyjer or Nyger Seeds (UK Readers buu it here, US Readers buy it here)
- Lard or suet (but not cooking fat, as it has meat juices in it as well as potentially being too salty)
- Uncooked porridge oats
- Cooked rice
- Peanuts (but not salted or dry roasted nuts, get them from the pet shop) or natural, unsalted, no additives peanut butter
- Bird Cake (see below)
Check out this advice on HOW to Feed Birds – be warned about using meshed bags, as these can damage wings and legs.
Bird Feeder Ideas:
Teapot and Teacup Birdfeeders– Shappy Chic – this is a great one for mixing birdseed with lard.
UPDATE: There is some controversy around using cheerios as a birdfeeder. I would suggest using only unsweetened, no addtive products! Super Simple Cheerio Bird Feeders – the kids love doing this one and it is great for their fine motor skills
Pine Cone Bird Feeders – a great “natural” looking bird feeder that the birds will find irristible. This is a classic one using peanut butter, but can also be made with lard.
One of our favouirte homemade bird feeders and one for those of us, that love to upcycle – from Milk Carton to Milk Carton Bird Feeder. You will need a milk carton, some bottle tops and hot glue. Definitely up in the list of fun bird feeders.
Love this DIY Suet Ball Bird Food Recipe!
Orange Half Bird Feeders – this orange bird feeder idea is popular as they look pretty in the gloomy winter months. Such a simple DIY using bird feed, orange halves and some twine.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder – can you believe there is yet another clever use for a cardboard tube! Check this one out.
A nice tin can & sisal bird feeder idea
Snowman Bird Feeder (what a fab idea!)
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders – these make fantastic birdseed ornaments to decorate your back yard.
Craft Stick Bird Feeder – a wonderful one for beginners and kids of all ages!
Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder – love the wooden Spoon perches – a clever way to use an empty plastic bottle and wooden dowel.
Probably my favourite idea – teacup bird feeder. I am unlikely to make it.. but doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy looking at it, right?!
So.. which bird feeder craft will you do first? Will it be the simple Cheerio Bird Feeder? Or are you inspired to have have a rummage around your junk box and make a Junk Bird Feeder? Would love to hear what you get up to! Hope you liked these Bird Feeder Ideas and that you are now inspired to get crafty and look after our feathered friends this Winter! Happy Making from Red Ted Art!