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Monday, April 23, 2012

Attract More Birds With This Easy, Homemade Birdfeeder

By Diane

I love to sit at the breakfast table with my kids and watch the birds in the backyard. Depending on the season, we may see robins and sparrows or there may be a flock of pine siskins with a bluebird or two. Bird watching is not only a great way to teach children to love nature, but birds are also very good for your garden and landscaping. They eat weed seeds, bugs and even small rodents so anything that encourages birds to flock to your yard is a good thing!

Here is a simple bird feeder your children can make that will not only attract birds but also allow you to reuse a few toilet paper or paper towel tubes.

bird feederSupplies:

Peanut butter
Toilet paper or paper towel tube (with all paper removed)
Bird seed
Small plate
Spoon for spreading peanut butter


1. Place seed on small plate.

2. Using the spoon, spread peanut butter on the surface of the toilet paper tube.

3. Roll the tube in seed, pressing firmly so it sticks.

4. Slide the tube over a small branch in your yard.

Make sure you place the bird feeder high enough in the tree that the birds feel comfortable snacking on it. You can also encourage birds to come to your yard by adding a water source like a bird bath and a few small bird houses. If you have spotted a bird you can’t identify, check out the All About Birds website for help!

Do you bird watch with your children? What tricks do you use to attract them to your yard?

6 Comments so far

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On Monday, April 23, 2012, Jen @ BigBinder wrote

Yes! We made ornaments for our bird friends for Christmas, but I am too cheap to give up peanut butter for birds so it was some lard/gelatin combo :)

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Meghan @JaMonkey wrote

I'm so excited to do this with my little one!

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Gina B wrote

How cool! But i think my kids would eat it before it got outdoors, lol

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Ashley- Cape Cod wrote

Such a great idea! I have done this once, when my son was a wee youngin'. This post encourages me to make these bird feeders again!

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Maria from New Orleans wrote

love this idea!!

On Monday, April 23, 2012, Ellen from Vermont wrote

This sounds super easy. Can't wait to try it.Thanks!


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