There is something very satisfying about watching wild birds come into the garden to seek refuge and have a bit of afternoon tea. It does not have to cost a lot of money to create your own bird feeders and each of these ideas below cost us under $1. These are a great way to teach children to be sensitive to native wildlife and care for their local environment. Within minutes of putting our bird feeders up, a couple of King Parrots came to visit our garden and we felt very blessed indeed. They have returned each afternoon for their daily treat (we discovered they love the dried sunflower seeds the best).
This bird feeder is especially easy and cheap to make, and small children will enjoy putting the seed in and hanging it up somewhere outside. Simply cut an empty egg carton in half, make a few holes for hanging and thread some sturdy string through the holes. Add the bird seed and hang it somewhere special for the birds to find.
This bird feeder is really fun to make. Using a knife, spread peanut butter all over the outside of an old toilet roll, then roll it in bird seed, so that the seed sticks to the peanut butter. Then pass some sturdy string through the middle of the toilet roll, and hang it up in a nearby tree.
These are a bit more fiddly to make, but very effective in the end. These would make a perfect home made gift for a bird loving friend or relative. Take two cups of bird seed, half a cup of plain flour, two tablespoons of water, 1 teaspoon of jelly crystals, 3 tablespoons of honey and mix it all together well.
Firmly press the bird seed mixture into some molded shapes (we used stars) and use a chopstick or pencil to make a hole for the string. Allow the shapes to dry for eight hours, then turn them out, thread the string through the hole and hang them up for the birds to nibble.
Making your own bird feeders is a fun family activity. Good luck with enticing those birds into your garden, and don't forget to leave them some drinking water or maybe you could set up your own backyard bird bath too?