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Deck your yard with decorative home made bird feeders this winter, and bring all the birds to your yard! The joys and benefits of this simple craft are many. Bird feeders help keep birds strong amidst the cold, and crafting them has been said to inspire environmental stewardship and a greater appreciation for nature. This is so much fun to do together!
Here are a few different ways you can make bird feeders with the items you have at home, along with special tips for attracting red cardinals and blue jays!
Pine Cone Bird Feeders
Who else feels nostalgic about pine cone bird feeders? Grab your loved ones, a basket, and begin foraging for pine cones in the neighborhood! Eastern White Pines are excellent trees because of the long stem attached, also called the peduncle (the part of the pine cone that attaches to the tree.)
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
Make good use of your cookie cutters and create ornate bird feeders! Here’s how:
If you don’t have cookie cutters you can reuse an old Seed bottle (half of the cardboard shell), or any other leftover bottle rather than adding it into the recycling bin!
Pumpkin Bird Feeders
If pumpkins are left for too long they can begin to rot. Reduce waste and put your squashes to good use by turning them into bird feeders! Here’s how:
You can use most seeds, fruits, and grains from your pantry for your bird feeders, but if you’re looking to bring specific birds flocking to your yard, here are a few tips:
Share your homemade bird feeder ideas with us below! Make fun use of your leftovers, and use what you have! The birds and neighbors will thank you.