Homemade Bird Feeders

Despite the incident we had at Granville Island a couple of months back, our little lady remains a dedicated bird lover (unlike her mama).  So today we headed out into our sunshiny backyard, supplies in hand, to make a couple of simple, toddler-friendly bird feeders.  Here’s what we did…

Seedy Bagel Rings:

IMG 6785For this project, we used wild bird seed mix, some wholewheat bakery bagels, some ‘just peanuts’ peanut butter, some jute (it’s biodegradable and can be repurposed by birds when building their nests), a spatula, and some scissors.

IMG 6788First things first, cover one side of the bagel with peanut butter.

IMG 6791You want it nice and thick so that the seeds really stick.

IMG 6792Then plop it, peanut butter side down, into the seed mixture.

IMG 6805Really push it down into the seeds to collect as many as possible.

IMG 6796It should look something like this.

IMG 6797Next, spread peanut butter on the other side.

IMG 6799And cover it completely with seeds.

IMG 6800Almost done!  While you tie a loop of jute through the middle of the bagel, have your little one wash the gobs of peanut butter off of her hands.

IMG 6803Tada!  Here’s the finished product.

IMG 6810Now tie them up in a tree and wait for hungry birds to flock your way.


Toasted O Loops:

IMG 6816

For this feeder, we used jute, scotch tape, low-sugar toasted O cereal, and some scissors.

IMG 6826First thing, cut a piece of jute, tie a triple knot at one end, and wrap a small bit of tape around the other end so that it doesn’t fray.

IMG 6822Next, string the o’s onto the jute, one by one.

IMG 6824It’s a slow process… Especially if your munchkin eats five o’s for every one she strings!

IMG 6831When you’ve got a nice long string, make a loop and tie it at the top.

IMG 6836Then knot it onto a tree branch.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

I’m sure we’re inviting all kinds of scary crows and seagulls into our yard with these tempting treats swinging from our trees, but if it provides some entertainment for our little bird watcher, it’ll be worth it.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Bird Feeders

  1. Any says:

    Love it Jen…….

  2. jkossowan says:

    Apparently the birds did too! Everything was one in less than two days!

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