Feeding Station For Birds

February 12th, 2013 posted by Ann DeLong

Make this Feeding Station for Birds out of recycled plastic pop bottles. And don’t miss the simple pine cone feeder for the little ones to make.

You will need: One litre plastic beverage bottle bird seed pencil paper string

If you make this project

we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page ! On each side of the bottom plastic section of a one litre plastic beverage bottle, cut a tab about one inch wide with scissors. Bend down the tabs, and with a paper punch, make a hole in the center of each one. Push a pencil through the holes for a perch. Make the feeding holes by pressing a crease along each side of the bottle directly above the two ends of the pencil perch. Holding the crease in place, punch a hole on the crease about 2 or 3 inches above the perch. Roll a piece of paper into a cone shape, place it in the top of the bottle to use as a funnel. Fill the bottle with seeds and close tightly with the cap. Tie string around the lip of the bottle just below the cap. Knot it several times. Tie the feeder to a branch on a tree. An even simpler alternative, especially for smaller children, is the Pine Cone Bird Feeder. Children of all ages can help make this feeder. Preschoolers learn to spread with a knife and to tie the ribbon on to the pine cone. Birds and squirrels of all ages also like this craft.

You will need:

pine cone ribbon or strong string wax paper 1/4 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup bread crumbs 1 cup bird seed large bowl wooden spoon Tie the ribbon or string near the top of the pine cone so it can be hung. Lay the pine cone on wax paper. Measure the peanut butter and bread crumbs into the bowl. Mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Spread this mixture on the pine cone. Roll the pine cone in bird seed. Press more seed between the scales of the pine cone. Hang the Pine Cone Bird Feeder outside where you can see it from a window.

Important Editor’s Note: For many years FamilyCorner.com has offered crafts and activities for children, some of them involving wildlife. In some of our crafts we suggest that you use peanut butter and bird seed to feed backyard birds. We are very aware of the myths that have made their travels around the internet, so we checked in with several bird experts to find out the real truth and debunk the myths once and for all. Some of these myths include birds choking on wads of peanut butter, salt and sweeteners in peanut butter being harmful, as well as birds becoming dependent on home bird feeders as their food source. Peanut butter is safe for birds and we encourage you to read this article .

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