Winter Bird Feeders for Kids to Make




Bird feeders are fun for kids to make during winter months. Not only do they get to have fun making them, they get to enjoy watching the birds come and feed at the bird feeders they have created. Depending on where you live, you might get lucky and get a blue jay or red cardinal to visit your yard.

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
To make these create bird feeders you will need:
3/4 c. birdseed
1/4 c. boiling water
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
Cookie cutters
Dissolve one envelope of unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup boiling water. Cool.
Stir in bird seed. Have your children pick out a few different cookie cutters and set the cookie cutters on waxed paper.
Fill the cookie cutters half full with the bird seed mixture. Cut 12 inches or so of twine, fold in half, and place the ends of the twine down into the cookie cutter, where you want the hanger for the bird feeder to be.
Continue filling the cookie cutter with the bird seed until it is full, covering the ends of the twine. Let the cookie cutters set on the waxed paper for about 24 hours, turning over occasionally. Carefully remove the shapes from the cookie cutters and take your bird feeders outside to hang.
Orange Bird Feeder
This bird feeder is made out of a half of an orange. You will also need two 24-inch pieces of yarn and a big needle.
Cut the orange in half and scoop out the insides, leaving only the orange peel.
Thread the needle with one of the pieces of yarn. Push the needle through orange, going in one side of the orange and out the other side, near the top of the orange. Leave the ends of the yarn loose for a few minutes.
Next thread the second piece of yarn on the needle and put it through the top of the orange, going in one side and out the other, so that you now have a piece of yarn hanging from four different sides of the orange.
Gather up for four loose ends of yarn at the top and tie them together to create a hanger for the orange. Fill the orange with bird seed. You can then create another bird feeder with the other orange half, if desired.
Recycled Soda Bottle
You can make easy bird feeder from a recycled 20-ounce soda bottle. This one just takes a few minutes to make.
Remove the label from the soda bottle. Using a drill, drill a hole on both sides of the bottle, near the bottom of the bottle.
Place a pencil or small piece of dowel through the holes for the birds to perch on.
Fill the bottle with bird seed and put the cap on the bottle. Tie a piece of twine around the top of the bottle and the bird feeder is ready to hang.
Pinecone Bird Feeder
This bird feeder is fun because you and your children can go on a nature hike and collect a couple of pine cones for this project.
Have your kids using a table knife to spread a little bit of peanut butter all over the pinecone and then press some bird seed onto the peanut butter.
Tie a piece of twine around the top portion of the pinecone so that it can easily hang from a tree.
The birds will appreciate all your efforts helping them to stay fed throughout the winter. Just make sure that once you start to feed them, don’t stop. After they realize where there they can find food, they will keep coming back for more.
Hanna Griesbach is a busy mom and freelance writer  who enjoys scrapbooking. She enjoys hunting the web for great deals and freebies. One of her favorite resources is Free Gifts 4 Kids.


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