Fun and Easy DIY Bird-Feeders

Do you have any bird lovers/watchers in your family? I have lots of friends who are SERIOUS birders…I am not. But we have the most wonderful plate glass window in our breakfast room that not only provides us every day with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we also have a window into the natural world. It has been so much fun over the years to watch the birds – Cardinals, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Finch, Woodpeckers, Dove, just to name a few, and in the summer, we also have hummingbirds. We even are fortunate enough to have some bald eagles that, from time to time, perch in the tall trees down at the pond and use the pond to teach their young how to fish.

So naturally we want to share all of this with Our Little Darling!

We started this bird-feeder project last week when we were in Macon, GA visiting Tutu, the Little Darling’s Great Aunt. She has a window that she calls the magic window – because you can sit for hours and see birds, squirrels, chipmunks…and perhaps if you were lucky even the occasional armadillo – we have never seen one, but they are there!

Tutu wanted to show Beanie (that’s our nickname for the Little Darling, btw) how to make a bird feeder using a scooped out orange, oatmeal and peanut butter. So easy. Because Beanie is only three, Tutu scooped out the orange and then Beanie, with a little assistance, mixed together some peanut butter and oatmeal. We did not measure, but you can guesstimate that approximately 1/2 to 3/4 cup oatmeal mixed with enough peanut butter to bind the oatmeal should get the job done. You could also chop up the orange that you have scooped out and include that in your mixture if you like.

You do need to provide a place for a bird to stand – you could use 2 nails or screws, one in either side or even a wooden skewer stuck all the way through. There are no rules here! Then you need to put two holes close to the top so that you can pull a string through them and hang your bird feeder up. Now all that’s left is to fill the hollowed out orange with your oatmeal/peanut butter mixture and you are ready to hang it in a tree. Be sure that wherever you decide to hang it your little ones can see it from afar.

List of supplies:

  • 1 Orange
  • String
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Screw/Nails/Wooden Skewer

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When we got back to Virginia, we decided to try making another kind of bird-feeder. For this one, we used cardboard rolls (either from toilet paper, paper towels, wrapping paper,etc.) For these you also use peanut butter – we had chunky but smooth would definitely be easier I think, and bird seed.

You can slide these onto a tree branch or you can slide a piece of string through and hang them. We have experimented with both to see which one the birds prefer.

These are so simple. Just take a table knife or a spatula and smooth the peanut butter all over the cardboard roll. I put these on a baking sheet in an effort to minimize the mess. When you have the cardboard roll completely covered, then roll the whole thing in birdseed. This I had on a separate tray. This works like a charm and Beanie just loved making these.

List of supplies:

  • Cardboard rolls (can be used toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Birdseed
  • String

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Beanie and his Pops had such a good time hanging the bird-feeders up yesterday! We have seen a few birds nibbling away – such fun!


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How about you? Will you be trying to make your own bird-feeders? Let us know what works best for you!


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