Winter is a time when birds need a lot of help finding food – especially later in the season when the available
native berries and seeds are long gone. Keep your feeders up, but why not try some seriously simple new ways to feed birds in your yard? Take a look at these ideas from making your own treats to making your own feeders out of recycled plastic. They are fun to do, have a low environmental impact, and so simple anyone can do them. So get the kids involved, and do your own thing for birds!
PINE CONE FEEDERS – The absolute easiest DIY feeder project is also one of the most rewarding. All you need are:
Look under pine trees in your yard for pine cones. If you don’t have them there, you can get them at a local garden center. Then do this:
Now they are ready to hang up and you can wait for the birds to find these very appealing treats!
This one is also pretty simple. You will need:
Take a look at this video to see how easy this is to do!
BIRD SEED COOKIES – Really? Bake cookies for birds? It seems birds love a good cookie just as much as the rest of us, as long as seeds are the major ingredient. This project is going to require a little more supervision if you are working with kids, but you can make these cookies to be used as ornaments on your outside trees….taking the holidays even later into the season. What you wind up with is really just limited by the shapes of the molds you choose, so get creative!
To do this, you will need the following ingredients:
For the full recipe and step by step instructions with pictures, check out this link.