Birds in the Garden!

Backyard Bird Feeder

What you need

  • Clean 1 litre soda bottle
  • Craft knife
  • 2 wooden spoons
  • Small eye screw
  • Length of twine for hanging

How to make it

  1. Start by drawing a 1/2 inch cross on the side of a clean 1 litre soda bottle, about 4 inches from the bottom. Rotate the    bottle 90 degrees and draw another cross 5cm from the bottom. Draw a 2.5cm wide circle opposite each cross, as shown.
  2. Use a craft knife to slit the asterisk lines and cut out the circles (a parent’s job). Insert a wooden spoon handle first through each hole and then through the opposite asterisk, as shown.
  3. Remove the bottle cap and twist a small eye screw into the top of it for hanging.
  4. Finally, fill your feeder with birdseed, recap it, and use a length of twine to hang it from a tree.

Originally sourced from Kellyleigh Creates

Easy Bird Bath

Make an easy bird bath by reusing old terracotta pots. The base of the bird bath is simply 3 terracotta pots (turned upside down) in reducing sizes with a larger terracotta saucer on top as water container. Containers are glued together.

Sourced from No Time For Flash Cards

Bird Seed Biscuit

A great way to encourage birds into your garden for a tasty snack.
What you need

  • 3/4 cup of birdseed
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • Water    
  • Cookie cutter (use any shape you want) 
  • Oil    
  • Cookie sheet
  • Foil    
  • Straw
  • Ribbon

How to make it

  1. Our recipe makes two 3-inch biscuits (one is shown here) or a single 4-inch biscuit. Mix together the birdseed, flour, and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Spray or wipe a cookie cutter with oil and place it on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Pack the mixture into the cutter, inserting half a straw near the top to create a hole for hanging.

Sourced from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

What You Need

  • Peanut Butter
  • Craft/Popsicle Sticks
  • Birdseed
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Twine

How to make it

  1. Using a popsicle stick, cover outside of toilet paper roll with peanut butter.
  2. Roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll in the bird seed until covered.
  3. Thread a piece of twine through the toilet paper roll and knot.
  4. Hang where birds can enjoy.

Sunflower Bird Feeder

What you need:

  • Two sunflower heads
  • Screwdriver or sharp object
  • Wire or cord
  • Scissors

Plan ahead for this project, as the sunflower heads need time to dry first.

How to make it

  1. Allow two sunflowers to dry in a cool, well-ventilated place so that mould doesn’t form. When drying, wait for the heads to turn brown and the backs to turn yellow.
  2. Once dry, cut off the head of the sunflower.
  3. Using a screwdriver, or sharp object, make two small holes about 1 inch apart in the middle of each dried sunflower head; push the screwdriver through the soft underside of the flower, to create the hole.
  4. Hold each sunflower back-to-back, seeds facing outward, with holes aligned. Holding the floral wire horizontally, thread the left end through the left set of holes, and the right end through the right set of holes. Once both ends are out on the other side, twist the ends together. Create a loop at the end of the wire to hang the sunflower on.
  5. Hang the sunflower from a tree or fence, then keep an eye out for the birds as they come to feed!