Celebrate Earth Day a little bit early and welcome those migrating birds back home with a DIY bird feeder you can make from materials you already have!

 

But first, a few fun facts about migration.

According to the Cornell Lab, more than 350 species of birds make a long-distance migration trip across North America every year! They head south for warmer weather in the winter, and back north to cool down for the summer. They also migrate to take advantage of optimal food sources and nesting locations. The Audubon Society says that some birds, like the Arctic tern, travel nearly 50,000 miles in a year! Others, like the griffon vulture, cruise at a flying altitude of 7 miles high. Oh, and the great snip can fly up to 60 miles per hour!

Those are some serious stats and you can bet that these hard-working birds will be looking for a treat en route to their summer homes. You can help, with our DIY toilet paper tube bird feeder – the perfect Spring Smarts & Craft project! In addition to helping the birds, you will also be helping out the environment by using recycled goods!

 

What you’ll need:
Cardboard TP tube
Paper plate
String
Peanut butter
Craft sticks
Bird seed

DIY Bird Feeder

What you’ll do:

This is the fun part! Using a craft stick, scoop out a glob of peanut butter and spread it all over the TP tube. We recommend doing this over a paper plate.

DIY Recycling Bird Feeder

Pour the bird seed onto your paper plate and roll your TP tube in the seed until it is coated.

DIY Bird Feeder

Leaving the tube lying on the plate, slip a length of string or twine through the tube and tie it together about a foot above the tube.

DIY Bird Feeder

Head outside to hang your DIY feeder from a tree branch. Be careful to hang your feeder high enough to be out of a cat’s reach.

DIY Bird Feeder

 

Keep the Earth healthy by recycling!

Talk to your kiddies about the importance of reducing waste, reusing what we can, and recycling what can’t be reused. Ask them what else they think could be made with a TP tube or cardboard box and see what fun ideas come up! Another recycling craft could be in your near future!

DIY Bird Feeder