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DIY Bird Feeder For Kids To Make

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Making a homemade DIY bird feeder for the garden is a really lovely activity to do with children. This bird feeder is really simple to make and looks great in the garden. 

We are trying to make our garden much more wildlife friendly and will be looking at all sorts of ways to do this and activities that we can get involved in.

If you are interested in giving nature a home check out the RSPB website it’s packed with brilliant nature projects you can do in your own garden. 

What You’ll Need To Make Our Homemade DIY Bird Feeder

You’ll just need a small selection of craft items to make this easy DIY bird feeder craft with the kids. Most of which you probably already have in the kitchen.

  • A squash – I used a small kabocha although you can use any variety, the smaller ones are less likely to break the strings holding them up.
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • A nail or pumpkin carving poker (to make the string holes with)
  • Garden string
  • Scissors
  • Wild bird seed

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How To Make Our Homemade DIY Bird Feeder

You’ll LOVE how simple these DIY homemade bird feeders are to make – just note the kids will need adult help and supervision with the knife and sharp tools!

Step One – Cut the squash in half using a sharp knife ready to make the DIY bird feeder

  • Put the squash onto the chopping board and holding firmly slice it in half with a knife. (adults should do this part)

Step Two – Scoop out all the seeds and some of the flesh from the middle

  • Let the kids use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds from the middles of the squash.

Step Three – Make holes

  • Using the nail or poker – make 3 holes at fairly equal distances around the squash. (adults should do this part)

Step Four – cut three lengths of string – these with hold the DIY bird feeder from the branches

  • Length depends on where you are hanging it from but you’ll need them around 60cm.

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Step Five – Thread the strings through the holds of the DIY bird feeder

  • Tie them tightly to secure.

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Step Six – Tie the three strings together

  • Do this in a knot around 20- 30 cm from the squash.

Step Seven – Hang the DIY bird feeder onto a tree in the garden

  • Make sure to fill it with bird seed and watch the little birds flock to it!

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Homemade DIY Bird Feeder

Yield: 1 Homemade Bird Feeder
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: £2

A super easy homemade DIY bird feeder craft that kids can make at home.

Materials

  • A squash - I used a kabocha although you can use any variety, the smaller ones are less likely to break the strings holding them up.
  • Garden string
  • Wild bird seed

Tools

  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Spoon
  • A nail or pumpkin carving poker (to make the string holes with)
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Put the squash onto the chopping board and holding firmly slice it in half with a knife. (adults should do this part)
  2. Let the kids use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds from the middles of the squash.
  3. Using the nail or poker – make 3 holes at fairly equal distances around the squash. (adults should do this part)
  4. Cut three lengths of string - depends on where you are hanging it from but you’ll need them around 60cm.
  5. Thread the strings through the holes and tie them tightly to secure.
  6. Tie the three strings together - do this in a knot around 20- 30 cm from the squash.
  7. Make sure to fill it with bird seed and watch the little birds flock to it!

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