Easy Kid Friendly DIY Bird Projects You Can Make at Home

Easy Kid Friendly DIY Bird Projects You Can Make at Home

Here is a fun and easy, kid friendly DIY bird project to do with the little ones now that winter break is upon us. Backyard bird watching is a great hobby to share with young children and getting them involved in making some easy bird feeders is a great way to peak their interest.

You probably have most of the supplies on hand- Birdseed, Creamy Peanut Butter, String, Paper Towel or Toilet Tissue Rolls and Pinecones. If you don’t have any pinecones in the yard, grab the kids and head out to the local park and pick some up off of the ground. Make it a scavenger hunt! Once you bring the pinecones home, you’ll want to bake them to kill off any bugs that may be hiding inside them. Line a baking pan with foil, spread them on the pan and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) for 25-30 minutes. Baking will also help to open any cones that are partially closed. If you can’t find any at the park, many craft stores sell pinecones in bulk.

Easy DIY step-by-step instructions below:

Supplies to make DIY bird feeder. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Supplies to make a DIY bird feeder. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Step 1: Tie string to the pinecones and cardboard rolls.

Step 1: Attach string. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Step 1: Attach string. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Step 2: Cover pinecones and cardboard rolls with creamy peanut butter.

Step 2: Spread cones with peanut butter. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Step 2: Spread cones with peanut butter. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Step 3: Carefully roll the pinecones or tubes in a tray of birdseed, covering them completely.

Step 3: Roll cone or tube in birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Step 3: Roll cone or tube in birdseed. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Step 4: Once the bird feeders are complete, put them in the refrigerator for a half hour to an hour to solidify the peanut butter a bit and help the seed stick better.

Completed bird feeders. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Completed bird feeders. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

Step 5: And there you have your very own DIY bird feeders! Hang your new treats from a tree outside. Try to put them near a window so you and the little ones can watch the birds find their new snacks. It may take a few days before the birds realize they are there. Don’t be surprised if a sneaky squirrel steals one or two of them.

Pinecone bird feeders hanging on a tree outside. (Photo- Karen Hance)
Pinecone bird feeders hanging on a tree outside. (Photo- Karen Hance)

 

If you have a real Christmas tree this year, think about recycling it and put it outside your window for a while. Decorate it throughout the winter with your home-made bird feeders. String some popcorn and drape it around the tree like garland. The kids will love seeing the new birds that visit and you’ll have fun teaching them about your bird watching passion. You just might have a new backyard birder in the family come springtime!

Be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already to keep seeing my posts. Stay tuned because I will soon have Oriole Feeders and Bird Houses for sale. I’m also working on some Bird-Themed coat racks with cubbies for hats and mittens (many other uses, too). Thanks for stopping by and keep those feeders full during the winter. Happy Birding ~Karen

 

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4 Replies to “Easy Kid Friendly DIY Bird Projects You Can Make at Home”

    1. Thanks. It really does make the trees look pretty. It’s a fun and easy project and it’s really a great way to get kids involved.

  1. Hi
    This sounds like fun. What about other rodents (besides squirrels)? I’d love to hang these from the trees in my yard, but am afraid to attract mice and rats
    Any suggestions?
    Laura

    1. I’ve only had squirrels snag them. We have mice but no rats, so not sure on that one. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you make some and put them out.

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