Making a Homemade Bird Feeder

Making a homemade bird feeder can be quite satisfying. Not only do you get to be creative, you also get to enjoy the results, watching birds fly in and eat tidbits in your own yard.

Pinecone Bird Feeder
Find a large, open pinecone and tie a long string around it towards the top of the cone. Spread peanut butter into all of the pinecone's nooks and crannies. Then, roll the pinecone on a plate of wild bird seed. Hang the pinecone in a tree.

Homemade Bird Feeder Seeder
Take a large plastic milk jug that you were planning on throwing into your recycling can. About two inches up from the bottom, cut out a large hole. Next, poke some holes in the bottom of the jug in case it rains so that water will not accumulate inside the feeder. Then punch a hole and push in a stick or a popsicle stick so that birds have a perching place. Fill with wild bird seed.

You will be able to watch birds perching and eating as well as birds hopping inside of the jug to dine.

Bagel Bird Feeder
Take a bagel, even a stale one, and cover it with peanut butter. Then, roll the bagel in a combination of bird seed and cornmeal. Hang the bagel in a tree by a string.

Alternative: Coat the bagel in honey instead of peanut butter.

This bird feeder is completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Homemade Bird Feeder - The Ground
Remember that some birds prefer to eat with their feet on the ground. Therefore, you don't need anything but a yard and seeds for this bird feeder. Simply toss some wild bird seed out for your feathered friends. For special treats, include cracked millet, thistle or black oil sunflower seeds.

Egg Carton Bird Feeders
Cut off the top of an egg carton and dispose of the top in the appropriate manner. Punch a small hole in each of the four corners of the bottom of carton. Thread a piece of string through each hole and tie a knot underneath the carton at each location so the string will hold. Pull together all four strings at their other ends and tie them together into a knot above the carton. You can now fill the egg carton with seeds and hang it in a tree.

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