Our Homemade Bird Feeder

With the weather becoming increasingly colder. Our thoughts turn to how the animals that we share our planet with are going to cope this winter. I thought it may be fun for the girls to have a go at creating their  own bird feeder and not only would they have messy play fun but the birds would also benefit too.
Our Homemade Bird Feeder

I decided to take this play session out into the garden and if any bits happened to make their way out of the bowls then the birds could have that too. It amused me when the bird feed said on it no mess - who are they kidding? It went everywhere. 


Our Homemade Bird Feeder

To Create Your Own Homemade Bird Feeder You Will Need:

  • Grated cheese
  • Bird Seed 
  • Lard
  • Bird feeding vessel aka yoghurt pot
  • String
  • Mixing Bowl
Our Homemade Bird Feeder

Now for the Fun Part

My daughters get through tons of yoghurts and like their Dads Creme Brulee so sourcing a yoghurt pot was fairly easy in this household. The tricky part came with piercing a hole in the top and threading the string through.  


Our Homemade Bird Feeder


I then cut off a section of shop bought lard and brought it up to room or outside temperature. Breaking off little sections as it rises in temperature roll the lard in the grated cheese and bird seed you have available. Mix it all together and shape into a big ball that can be placed inside the yoghurt container. 

Once ready hang it up in a place for the birds to come and eat from such as a tree. I love the fact that we have a cherry tree and Bay tree at the end of our garden. 

Do you consider our feathered friends during the year?

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Comments

  1. What a lovely idea! I am sure they are having fun watching the birds too! #MMBC

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  2. This looks like great fun! It's such a great idea to do something like this to help the birds x #MMBC

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  3. What lovely idea. We used to make bird feeders out of empty milk bottles. That works well too :) #GoingGreenLinky

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  4. Great crafting idea and you were so smart to do it outside. No mess, who were they kidding? #MMBC

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  5. I used to dip pine cones in peanut butter then dip those in bird seed and hang from the trees and that was supposed to be a mess free experience also #goinggreen

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  6. A good way for kids to connect to nature! #thatsatsesh
    Tracy www.viewfromthebeachchair.com

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  7. This looks like so much fun - my three would love this! #MMBC

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  8. What a lovely thought. We have made some before using cardboard rolls dipped in peanut butter and then rolled in a tray of seeds. My kitchen was a right state! Haha.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

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  9. #thesatesh love these! Hope the wildlife also enjoyed the pleasure of those sticky hands. Thanks for sharing such a simple idea that I might try with little dude at the weekend (totally doing it in the garden like you did)

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  10. I used to make these with the children when I was a child minder#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

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  11. I need to make one of these with my son, it's a great home school project!
    #goinggreen

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  12. I hope the birds are enjoying your food offerings - so much less plastic than bought feed nets etc. #GoingGreen

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  13. What a great idea, and so simple. I've seen similar things involving fat and pine cones, but this looks much more achievable! It'll be great to see whether you get any new visitors to your garden #kidsandkreativity

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  14. Lovely post, thank you for sharing. We've made bird feeders before but never put cheese in...something for us to try! Squishing the lard into a pinecone works really well too. #KidsandKreativity

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  15. It's so important to look after our wildlife in the witer. We made fat ablls a few years agao and used yoghurt pots too, the kids loved it! Thank you for sharing at #KidsandKreativity, hope to see you back next time x

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  16. Making bird feeders seem like a lovely activity. We haven't done it ourselves as I'm not that comfortable handling lard (I'm a vegetarian), but I might have to overcome that to give this a go x #KidsandKreativity

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