One of my family's favorite things about spring is hearing the sweet voices of all the birds that live in our neighborhood. We decided to show our appreciation for our feathered friends this year by making some quick and kid-friendly bird feeders recycled from some of the many cardboard boxes we have set aside for crafts. You can also use toilet paper rolls to make these feeders, but my son liked helping with the cardboard cutting and my daughter enjoyed choosing and naming the shapes for our feeders. The whole craft comes together in minutes, so make these recycled cardboard bird feeders, hang them, and then watch all the different varieties of birds come to feast on this treat.
1. Gather the materials
- Bird seed
- Cardboard cut into whatever shape you would like and punched with a hole for hanging (You can also do this craft with toilet paper rolls)
- Peanut butter (*We eat organic peanut butter, but for this project we bought the cheapest at the store figuring the health benefits for the birds were minimal!)
2. Set up the pan of bird seed
Pour bird seed into a shallow pan of your choice; you can use a cake pan or even the pans used for painting.
3. Knot the twine
Thread some twine through the punched hole and tie into a knot for hanging the bird feeder from a tree branch. If you are using toilet paper rolls, you can skip this step and simply hang the finished feeder by sticking the roll onto a branch.
4. Spread the peanut butter
Spread the peanut butter on both sides of your shapes.
5. Dip the shapes in the Bird Seed
Dip both sides of the shapes into the bird seed. To make this slightly less messy for younger kids, you may want to spread peanut butter on one side and then dip that side, then spread the other side with peanut butter and dip that side.
6. Hang the bird feeders in a tree
Find a tree in your backyard or neighborhood and hang the feeders from its branches (preferably high enough that dogs passing by can’t reach it). Revel in the new bird friends who come to visit and enjoy their snack!