how to make bird seed feeders

Birds need steady food sources throughout the year to survive cold nights, harsh weather, raising young, and the hard work of migration. Any kind of bird feeder can be useful, and while there are many options available for feeders both online and in stores, you and your kids might enjoy making your own. Here are some simple feeders that can easily be made with household items!

This feeder is simple to make, inexpensive, and easily reused or composted when the seed on it is gone. You can find pine cones outside or might purchase them in craft stores.

Tie a string in a secure loop around the top of the pine cone, leaving enough to tie it to a tree or pole. Alternatively, use a pipe cleaner or twist tie.

Carefully spread a generous layer of peanut butter on the pine cone, making sure that the outside is coated well. Note: If you have peanut allergies to consider, try using Crisco.

Using smaller seeds will ensure that seeds stick well, but mixed seed or black-oil sunflower seed will work too if you press the seed in well.

Hang your feeder on a tree branch or pole and watch the birds enjoy their winter feast!

*Note: Squirrels love this kind of feeder, so be sure to hang it somewhere it will be difficult for squirrels to reach like on thin branches high off the ground.

Empty 1 package of unflavored gelatin into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Let this sit for 1 minute. Add 1/3 cup of boiling water to the gelatin, stirring for a few minutes or until the gelatin is dissolved. This is the binder that keeps seeds together.

On a tray or sheet of wax paper, lay out your desired cookie cutters. Fill the cookie cutters with the mixture and press into shape firmly. Make a small hole in each cookie with the skewer for the string.

Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the seed mixture to set. After setting warm to room temperature before removing the cakes from the pan. Carefully pop the cookies out of their molds and thread a string through the hole. Hang the ornaments from a tree, pole, or hook outside your windows and watch the birds devour them!

We’ll let you in on a little secret: plastic containers make great bird feeders. Our friends at the Chebeague Island School have made bird feeders out of re-purposed yogurt containers to great success.

It’s easy to make your own feeder using anything from a square milk container to a round yogurt container!

Wash out your desired container and let it dry completely. Then very carefully cut out several small holes along the sides near the bottom*. Make sure they are large enough for a bird’s head to fit inside but small enough that a bird will not be able to climb inside.

*If you are using a square container, you can cut one large opening in the side so that birds may perch and feed.

Punch two small holes about the size of your dowels on opposite side of your container just below the openings you have cut. Insert the dowels into these holes so that the ends of the wood stick out on both sides. These will serve as perches for the feeding birds.

Punch two holes at the top of your container and thread a string through in a large loop. Fill your new feeder with desired birdseed and hang near your house. Be sure to hang it somewhere where birds will have space to perch.

Before hanging these guys somewhere warm and out of the way for your birds to feed, In fact, during the heat of the day, I set mine out on a table in the shade. I placed my feeder top side down because the backs were wetter than the fronts.

Since owning birds is a serious endeavor, we ultimately ended up giving the birds to a family member who already owned other parakeets. They require a great deal of care and attention, and the other pets in the house are incredibly eager to have them.

To ensure that your hole is nice and clear, take the shape out of the cookie cutter and insert the straw through the back.

Pack the wet birdseed into the forms firmly after filling them out. Create a hole with a straw so that you can hang the feeders. To set up, leave the shapes in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Stir in your bird seed until well coated. Oh, and just so you know, things seem to go more easily with smaller seeds. I tried something with large peanuts and dried fruit chunks, and it was ok, but the ones I made with the tiny seeds that were left in the bowls turned out to be much better!

*Note: Since squirrels adore this type of feeder, make sure to hang it high off the ground on a slender branch so they won’t be able to reach it.

Wash out your desired container and let it dry completely. Next, carefully drill several tiny holes near the bottom along the sides. Make sure they are both big enough to accommodate a bird’s head and small enough to prevent a bird from climbing inside.

Using anything from a square milk container to a round yogurt container, creating your own feeder is simple!

On the opposite side of your container, immediately below the holes you have cut, punch two tiny holes the size of your dowels. Place the dowels in these holes so that the wood’s ends protrude from both sides. These will serve as perches for the feeding birds.

Apply a thick coating of peanut butter to the pine cone, taking care to fully coat the outside. Note: Consider using Crisco if you have a peanut allergy.

FAQ

How do you make a good bird feeder?

Skewer an empty plastic bottle with two wooden spoons and fill with birdseed for this super easy feeder. You’ll need a utility blade like an X-Acto knife to cut the holes for the spoons. Be sure to cut larger holes by the mouths of the spoons so birdseed can spill out.

How do you make a bird seed feeder without gelatin?

Substitute the gelatin with a mixture of corn syrup and flour. The stickiness of the corn syrup, coupled with the dryness of the flour will act as a binding agent to hold the birdseed together. Using this combination of ingredients will allow you to omit the chilling step of the original recipe.