Kids

Christmas for the Birds

Written by Michelle Garwood

Easy bird feeders your kids can make and gift to their feathered friends this holiday season.

One of the easiest ways to get your youngsters into nature is to observe birds.  And one of the best ways to do that is to place feeding sources in your own backyard!  Here are four easy homemade feeder ideas that are inexpensive and fun to make, just in time to give a Christmas gift to the great outdoors. 

Toilet Paper Tube Feeders

What you will need:  Toilet paper tubes, peanut butter, bird seed, a tray or dish

Instructions:  Pour bird seed onto tray or into dish.  Coat toilet paper tube with peanut butter and roll in bird seed until well-covered.  Slide onto a tree branch. 

bird feeder toilet paper tube                                                                                 

Orange Feeder

What you will need:  Orange, sharp knife, spoon, bird seed, branches, string

Instructions:  Cut the top off of an orange and hollow out with a spoon.  Poke two thin branches through the orange to serve as perches for the birds.  Fill with birdseed and hang with string. 

bird feeder orange                                                                                           Photo source:  Parents Magazine

Cheerio Garland  (Source: 366 Days of Pinterest http://366daysofpinterest.com/2012/03/31/day-60-cheerio-bird-feeder/)

What you will need:  Pipe cleaners, Cheerios, ribbon or string

Instructions:  Thread the Cheerios onto the pipe cleaners, leaving about a 1/2 inch open on each end.  Twist ends together and bend into desired shape.  Hang with ribbon or string.   

bird feeder cheerios

Bagel “Wreath”

What you will need:  Bagels, peanut butter, knife, birdseed, tray or dish, string

Instructions:  Pour bird seed onto a tray or into a dish.  Coat one side of a bagel with peanut butter and dip into the bird seed until well-covered.  Repeat on the opposite side.  Loop some string through the hole, tie and hang. 

bird feeder bagel                                                                                   Photo source:  National Wildlife Federation

About the author

Michelle Garwood

Born and raised in the Sandhills, Michelle Garwood attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned her Bachelor’s in Family & Consumer Science and Health Education and her Master’s in Youth Development. She spent some time teaching in the public schools and working with curriculum development at the Nebraska State 4-H Office. After ten years in Lincoln, she returned home to the Valentine area with her high school sweetheart, Jeff. They have been busy raising Jenalee (age 6) and Jaeden (age 2) while ranching and helping extended family. Michelle now works from home for Her View from the Sandhills and is an assistant for her pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church. She enjoys gardening, raising chickens, sewing, reading, hiking, paddling, yoga, “junking” and serving as a leader for the Town & Country 4-H Club.