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Homemade Bird Feeders for Kids to Make

Homemade apple slice birdfeeder

Kids love to make crafts and to create.

Hanging orange homemade bird feeder

A craft like these homemade bird feeders is a wonderful way for children to do something with their hands and their mind and to see how it is a blessing to something outside of themselves, in this case, birds.

This is a quick and easy craft perfect for toddlers and up and is done from start to finish in less than 30 minutes.

I can hear the birds chirping every morning which puts a huge smile on my face ~ spring is around the corner ~ but until things warm up those poor little feathered friends are foraging for food in the bitter cold.  

My little guy and I wanted to give them some help with finding some food and made these little feeders and treats in less than 30 minutes.

We hung some from a tree in the front yard……

and some from my Dad’s Little Red Ladder

How To Make Fruit and Peanut Butter Birdfeeders

You don’t need much at all to make these homemade bird feeders other than a few basic supplies.

Apple

Orange

Birdseed

Peanut Butter

Twine or string

An adult will need to do some of these steps {the apple and orange slicing/cutting} but the rest can be done by the kiddos.

Apple Slice Bird Feeder

Slice the apple into 1/4″ slices.

Use an awl or some sort of punch to make a hole in the top of the apple ~ not too close to the top or else the apple will tear.  

I used an Allen key to make my holes ~ easy peasy!

Next, add the string to use for hanging from tree branches.

Have your little ones spread some peanut butter on to the apple slices ~ one side only.

Sprinkle some birdseed on to the peanut buttered apple slices and gently press the seeds into the peanut butter.

Orange Peel Feeders

Slice your orange in half and scoop out the orange.

Make a hole on each side of the orange cup and use string to hang ~ fill with birdseed.

Now have the kids bundle up and hang the treats and feeders from tree branches in the yard on trees that they can easily see ~ it’s so nice to watch the little birds find these unexpected treats and have a feast!

Homemade Bird Feeders to Kids to Make
Yield: 8 birdfeeders

Homemade Bird Feeders to Kids to Make

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Easy DIY homemade bird feeders for kids to make with a little help from an adult. You only need a few supplies and a little bit of time.

Materials

  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Birdseed
  • Peanut Butter
  • Twine

Tools

  • Knife
  • Awl or Allen Wrench

Instructions

Apple Slice Birdfeeder

  1. Slice the apple into 1/4" slices.
  2. Use an awl or some sort of punch to make a hole in the top of the apple ~ not too close to the top or else the apple will tear.  
  3. I used an Allen key to make my holes ~ easy peasy!
  4. Next, add the string to use for hanging from tree branches.
  5. Have your little ones spread some peanut butter on to the apple slices ~ one side only.
  6. Sprinkle some birdseed on to the peanut buttered apple slices and gently press the seeds into the peanut butter.

Orange Peel "Cup" Feeders

  1. Slice your orange in half and scoop out the orange.
  2. Make a hole on each side of the orange cup and use string to hang ~ fill with birdseed.
  3. Hang from tree branch.

Did you try this?

Please leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram and tag #thehowtohome to let me know!

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Jami

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

What a sweet idea! My little ones would love making little bird treats...or at least a little mess! Never would have thought to use little orange peel bowls or apples sliced like that. Thanks for an impromptu project with my kids this afternoon. We have such cabin fever right now with this frigid weather, so I'm looking for anything and everything to keep us happy inside.

Mary Beth

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

Thanks so much, Jami! We all have cabin fever here as well....it seems to be the winter that never ends.

Have a lovely week!

Mary Beth

malia

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

I was just thinking about something like this. Looks like the whole fam had fun with this one and it turned out great!

Mary Beth

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Thanks so much, Malia ~ now my little guy wants to make a birdhouse for the spring and summer. I guess I started a trend with him. :)

Hugs, Mary Beth

Robin

Friday 22nd of February 2013

If I had my kids make them I'm afraid that they'd eat most of the ingredients before they finished. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

Mary Beth

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

That's so cute, Robin. My little guy kept wanting to lick his fingers ~ I had to keep telling him to wash his hands...not LICK!

Have a fabulous weekend.

Hugs, Mary Beth

Jenn/Rook No. 17

Friday 22nd of February 2013

I love the fact that everything in this project is so natural! The healthy and beautiful ingredients look perfectly organic outdoors. What a wonderful project and way to spend some family time!

Your photography is excellent Mary Beth!

Jenn

Mary Beth

Saturday 23rd of February 2013

Thanks so much, Jenn ~ I appreciate your sweet words!

Hugs, Mary Beth

Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...

Thursday 21st of February 2013

Great project Mary Beth, I am going to give it a try!

Mary Beth

Wednesday 27th of February 2013

Thanks so much, Cynthia! Sorry it took me so long to respond ~ my spam filter caught your comment in its snare!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Mary Beth

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