Published: 24 May 2024

How wonderful is it to listen to the birds sing and flutter from your garden on a perfect summer day? Our feathered friends bring a sense of relaxation and colour to your garden that we want to try and maintain. If you want to keep your regular visitors coming as well as some of their friends, then making your very own bird feeder is a fantastic way to start. Not only can it be a fun activity for you and your children, but it also provides much-needed food for the birds, especially in the colder months. Ready to get involved in nature? Let’s dive into this crafty adventure.

The Key Steps For Making Your DIY Bird Feeder

Gather Your Materials

Let’s make sure we have everything we need before we start our journey. The great thing about this activity is that you probably already have most of these items at home, or you can easily purchase them from the local shop. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A thick roll of toilet paper or an empty, clean, yoghurt pot.
  • Peanut butter or grease (acts as an adhesive for the seeds).
  • Bird seed mix (available at pet stores or garden centres).
  • Wire or twine (to hand your feeder).
  • A plate or shallow dish (to spread out the birdseed).

Once you’ve got all these materials, it’s time to get creative!

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare Your Base

If you’re using a roll of toilet paper, you’re already halfway there! If you’ve chosen a yoghurt pot, be sure to rinse it thoroughly. Poke two holes near the top rim of the container, directly opposite each other. These will be used to thread the string for hanging.

  1. Spread the Adhesive

Use a butter knife or spoon to spread a generous layer of peanut butter or grease all over the outside of your toilet paper roll or on the sides of the yoghurt pot. This sticky stuff will hold the bird seeds together. And yes, it’s as messy as it sounds – but that’s part of the fun!

  1. Roll in Seeds

Then comes the fun part. Pour your birdseed mixt onto a shallow plate or container, then fold your sticky feeder base over the seeds, pressing gently to ensure they stick. Make sure any trace of peanut butter or grease is coated with seeds – too more seeds, the better!

  1. Attach the String

Cut some string or a length of rope to hang your feeder from a tree branch or hook. Thread this through the holes in the yoghurt pot and tie a knot to secure it. If you’re using a roll of toilet paper, just thread a string through the roll and tie.

Find the Perfect Spot

Your bird feeder is now ready to hang! Choose a spot in your garden that you can see from your favourite window, to enjoy viewing without disturbing the birds. Ideally, hang from a branch or sturdy rope, at a safe height for any curious friend.

The Joy of Birdwatching

Once your feeder is up, it won’t be long before you start seeing new visitors. Keep an eye out for a variety of birds – you may spot sparrows, finches, robins, and maybe even some other colourful surprises. Seeing birds up close can be incredibly relaxing, perfect for winding down in the garden after a long day.

A Few Tips & Tricks

  • Refill Regularly: Birds will come to rely on your feeder, especially during the winter when food is harder to come by. Check on it regularly and refill as needed.
  • Clean Occasionally: To prevent the spread of disease, clean your feeder every few weeks. Simply take it down, remove any old seeds, wash with warm, soapy water (provided you have used a yoghurt pot), rinse thoroughly, and allow it to dry before refilling.
  • Experiment with Seeds: Different birds prefer different seeds. Try mixing sunflower seeds, millet, and cracked corn to see which birds you attract.

Making your own bird feeder is a fun and rewarding project. It brings more nature into your garden, supports local wildlife, and offers endless opportunities for observation and enjoyment. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to spend time with family or simply enjoy some peaceful, productive time outdoors. So why not give it a try?

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