These poor birds usually do not stand a chance at my house, except on very rare days like the one below. Maybe the squirrels were afraid of the bright red Cardinal?
Of course, the easiest way to feed the birds is just to throw some popcorn and seeds on your patio table, but we want to have some hands-on, project-creating fun today!
Peanut Butter and Birdseed Bird Feeders
For our first bird feeder, you only need 3 components: an empty toilet paper roll, peanut butter, and birdseed.
Using a spoon or knife, apply thick peanut butter to the entire cardboard roll. Spread thick because # 1: squirrels, I mean birds, love peanut butter, and # 2: The more peanut butter you have, the more seeds will stick on the rolls. Roll around the seed, making sure to press.
Your next step is to slide the reels into branches, as above. You can also do this with pine cones. In addition, with pine cones, you can include grapes in between the scales for extra sweet food. Then step back and wait for the squirrel to climb to a thin little branch and survive as long as he steals the bird’s food.
The next project involves another cardboard tube-roll paper towel. For this bird feeder, you need an empty paper towel roll, 2 woodcraft rods, peanut butter, and bird seeds. Follow the same steps you did for the first feeder, but cut some gaps in the cardboard tubes before you spread the peanut butter. It is a good idea to insert the craft pieces into the gap before spreading the peanut butter, otherwise, you will never find your crack! Stick Crafts provide a place for the little birds to sit down while enjoying their food.
This was the only one that could not be stolen by my squirrel-baking because I hung it in the middle of the top bar swing our deck, and it was too heavy for them to be lifted.
Cheerio and Fruit Bird Feeder
The next snack that is very easy to make is composed of Cheerios and wine alternately over a craft wire. Like the bird feeder above, I put this one in the center of the top bar swing our deck, but the squirrel managed to get it. Crazy things just sit at the bar and rotate the circles every time they need a new bite.
Plastic Water Bottle Bird Feeder
The next one is a little more complicated and involves sharp objects. Make sure to keep an eye on your kids with a knife, or better yet, do it for them. Or even better, I’m doing it. We found that the craft knife worked best, but the scissors also functioned well. You will need empty plastic bottles, wooden spoon, mouthpiece, paper towel, and bird seeds.
Cut the curved shaped holes (flat at the bottom, curved on top) into the bottle, as close as possible to the bottom. Make the holes big enough for the sliding spoon and get pinching in them. Just across your curved-shaped hole, cut a smaller hole as a way out for the spoon’s grip.
So that the seeds do not spill as you fill the bottles, roll the paper towels, and slip in the holes over the spoon. If you want to hang the bottle feeder on the tree, tie the rope on the bottleneck. If not, just sit on the table like me.
Fruit Bird Feeders
The next two sweet treats involve fruits, favorite birds, and squirrels. All you need is bird seeds, peanut butter, apples, and oranges. Cut an apple core into 1/2 inches of slices, coated with peanut butter, put in a bunch of grains, insert the yarn through the middle part and bind it to the tree.
You can do the same with oranges… Cut it into slices and hang it on the tree, but we found that peanut butter was too easy apart from the juicy grapefruit pulp. To solve this problem, I cut the orange into two and pulled out a small slither from the bottom of each so they wouldn’t move. After being covered with peanut butter and grain, they become bowls for squirrels.
Suet Feeder Options
Feeder Suet has long been a favorite product of faithful bird lovers. Feeder wire suet is not expensive and durable. Instead of using a suet cake, you simply put a slice of bread or toast there! Another fun way of unedible to use a suet feeder is to fill it with small pieces of yarn. Birds can draw threads of threads to take to the nest.
So, go ahead, celebrate Earth Day by caring for some of God’s most beautiful creatures, right in your own backyard. Make sure you’re creative with your snacks! And be sure to recycle cardboard and plastic when you are ready to throw it!
Keep in mind that if your environment is filled with squirrels, you might see this…