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Kids of all ages will love learning how to make a simple bird feeder that you can hang in your garden. Our colourful bird feeders for kids to make will only take about an hour to make and will use common recyclable materials you can find in your home.
When it comes to knowing how to make a bird feeder for kids safely and successfully, we recommend that a responsible adult does the cutting while your little assistants take care of the colouring and assembly. Just make sure you have plenty of empty Cushelle toilet rolls and strong kitchen paper before you start!
How to make a bird feeder out of recycled materials
Takes about an hour
What you’ll need
- Empty Cushelle toilet roll tubes
- Plenty kitchen paper
- Pastel colouring pens
- Glue stick
- Peanut butter/honey
- Bird seed
Instructions for how to make a bird feeder for kids
- To make your own bird feeder, take a sheet of kitchen paper and cut three pieces measuring about 1cm, 6cm and 8cm wide.
- Choose a pen to colour the kitchen paper pieces. The brighter the colour the better!
- Get an adult to cut slits along the edge of the 6cm- and 8cm-wide strips to create fringing.
- Stick the fringing around the bottom of the empty Cushelle toilet roll with a glue stick and leave to dry.
- Carefully make two holes at opposite sides in the top of the toilet roll with a needle or bradawl, and thread a length of string through. Knot the ends to hold the string in place.
- Now for the messy part that birds and kids alike will love! Spread a thin layer of peanut butter or honey around the toilet roll, above the fringing, with a blunt knife.
- Pour some bird seed onto a plate and roll the tube in the seed, so that the toilet roll core sticks to the peanut butter or honey.
- The bird feeder is now ready to hang up on a tree or hook in the garden.
Our bird feeders for kids to make are a fantastic way of recycling old toilet roll cores while nourishing the wildlife around you. Knowing how to make your own bird feeder that is environmentally friendly and fun is simpler than you think. Once hung up, you and your little ones can admire the birds that flock to your homemade bird feeder.