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Making a homemade 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 Bird Feeder

  • 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.
  • 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 Bird Feeder

Step 1 – Cut the kabocha squash in half using a sharp knife.

Step 2 – Scoop out all the seeds and some of the flesh from the middle.

  • Save the seeds you can make a spicy seed snack.

Step 3 – Make holes

  • Using the nail or poker – make 3 holes at fairly equal distances around the squash.

Step 4 – Cut three lengths of string

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

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Step 5 – Thread the strings through the holes

  • Tie them tightly to secure.

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Step 6 – Tie the three strings together

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

Step 7 – Hang the bird feeder onto a tree in the garden

  • Make sure to fill it with seeds (obviously)

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Yield: 1 Homemade Bird Feeder

Homemade Bird Feeder

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost £2

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) Cut the kabocha squash in half using a sharp knife.


    2) Scoop out all the seeds and some of the flesh from the middle. Save the seeds you can make a spicy seed snack.


    3) Make holes using the nail or poker - make 3 holes at fairly equal distances around the squash.


    4) Cut three lengths of string, the length 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) Hang the bird feeder onto a tree in the garden and make sure to fill it with seeds (obviously)

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