Homemade Bird Feeder

Y’all know how much I love using nature for our activities. It’s fun, FREE, and gives our kiddos so much value beyond a simple craft. So when Maggie from This Basic Mom wanted to share her homemade bird feeder activity, I was super excited!

Between searching for the perfect pine cones, making the bird feeder, and then watching the birds love their new food source– this activity could keep your kids occupied all day! Add in some extra learning by getting a book about birds or just looking online to see what types of birds are coming to your feeder.

Check out her tutorial to see how easy it is to make:

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

If you love fun crafts for the family and the outdoors, you will LOVE this homemade bird feeder. It utilizes supplies that most will already have in their homes and creates lasting memories to have with your family. I still remember making it in my childhood and sitting on my mom’s lap watching the birds enjoy their treat. 

Keep reading to find out how to make this adorable homemade bird feeder.

What you will need:

  1. Pine cone 
  2. Peanut butter
  3. Spoon (or something to spread the peanut butter)
  4. Bird seed
  5. String 

Steps:

1. Find the perfect pine cone 

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

The first step is so much fun! Go outside and search for the perfect pine cone in which to make your bird feeder. You can get creative and pick any size or style you’d like. 

2. Attach your string 

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

I like to do this step before adding the peanut butter to prevent sticky messes. Find a piece at the top of your pine cone and firmly tie your string to it. 

3. It’s peanut butter time

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

Open up your peanut butter and use your spoon to spread it all over your pine cone and in between it. 

Warning: This step might get a little messy. 

4. Add your bird seed 

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

Take a handful of bird seed and sprinkle it all over the peanut butter you just added. The stickiness of the peanut butter will allow the bird seed to stick to the pine cone. 

5. Find a tree to put your homemade bird feeder

Homemade bird feeder activity with kids | thegrowingcreatives.com

Now it’s time to find the perfect tree to attach your bird feeder. Use the other end of the string and tie it to a branch and let the bird feeder hang down below. 

6. Time to watch

This is the best part! Sit back and watch the birds enjoy their tasty treat. 

This is such a fun, easy project to do with any age group. Definitely give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Maggie Samblis is the author of This Basic Mom, a blog dedicated to parenting, healthy living, and helping others achieve success in their lives. She is full-time mother, college student, and employee. Her busy schedule doesn’t keep her from living an amazing life full of happiness and contentment. She hopes to help other parents feel the same way. She would love the opportunity to connect with each and every one of you so feel free to follow her on Instagram or Pinterest at Maggie Laura Samblis. Also, check out her amazing blog for helpful advice and tips.

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5 thoughts on “Homemade Bird Feeder

    1. Haha I hear you! You could also use lard- it’s cheaper and you won’t miss it if you run out 🙃

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