Make Your Own Bird Feeder

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Make Your Own Bird Feeder

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My son loves animals.  If I had to pick a possible profession for him someday, I would think he’d be a Veterinarian.  So after we went to PBS Kids’ Nature Cat Meet and Greet the other day, he couldn’t stop talking about the bird feeders we made while we were there.  So, because he couldn’t stop talking about the bird feeders, I taught him a way to make your own bird feeder.  He was so excited!  If you are like me, you like practical, easy, but educational projects for your children to do at home…and it’s a bonus if you happen to have all the supplies already, right?

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The few things you’ll need to make your own bird feeder are peanut butter, pinecones, wire or ribbon, and bird seed.  If you don’t happen to have pinecones, you can even add another educational aspect to this, and do a nature walk to look for pinecones outside….and if you don’t live in an area where you’d find pinecones outside, you could use a cardboard toilet paper roll.  If you’re a peanut free home, you could substitute with vegetable shortening or almond butter/sunflower butter.  There are really quite a few items you probably already have in your home you could use to make your own bird feeder.

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The first thing I did was tie wire around the pine cone so that it would hang from the tree in the backyard once finished.  After that, cover the pinecone in the peanut butter (or whatever substance you’ve got on hand) and roll into birdseed.  To make less of a mess,  I laid wax paper down before using the peanut butter, and poured some bird seed onto the wax paper. Then I had my son roll the peanut butter covered pinecone onto the bird seed.  Make sure the pinecone is covered completely in birdseed. Once this is done, you’re ready to hang the bird feeder in the back yard (or front yard, or off the porch- really, wherever you have planned!).

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