This is Day 19 of the Green in 365 series!
Making a homemade natural bird feeder is a great way to give the birds in your area an easy source of food during the cold winter months. It’s also a fun activity to do with your kids, you can teach them about bird migration, and they will enjoy watching the birds that come to enjoy the feeder.
There are lots of different homemade bird feeder ideas out there, you can find many on Pinterest. We wanted to make a natural bird feeder using items that we already had on hand.
DIY Natural Birdfeeder
• Save the rind after you’ve finished eating a grapefruit (an orange cut in half would work too), and scoop out the remaining flesh and pulp.
• Make a hole on either side of the rind using an ice pick, nail, or similar tool. Thread a string or twine through the holes, and tie at the top, making sure your string is long enough to allow the feeder to hang from a branch
• Make a 2:1 mixture of bird seed and peanut butter, we used 1 cup of bird seed and 1/2 cup peanut butter for two halves of grapefruit. Or you can make your own bird feed mixture using this recipe. With the string handle out of the way, scoop the seed mixture into the rind bowl, packing it down as necessary.
• Hang your bird feeder on a sturdy branch and watch the birds discover and enjoy it!
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