Maddie has taken a big interest in birds. She loves to spot them as we drive and has enjoyed watching two nests produce a gaggle of baby birds – one at home and one at my parents’ house. For a little while, we had to stop going to the park because Maddie wanted to take every bird home as a pet and would stage a sit-in in the middle of the park when I said no. Luckily, the intense love has slowed down, and learning about different birds with her has been fun.
In the interest of Maddie’s new hobby and Riley’s enjoyment of all things Popsicle sticks and painting, we decided to make our own bird feeders for our tree out front. It took us a long time to get this one together. We researched different types of bird feeders, decided on the shape we wanted to make, and then took a while figuring out how we wanted to do it. In the end, we had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, we don’t have a great view of the tree from the front and couldn’t see any birds on the bird feeder. All the bird food was eventually eaten, so we hope the neighborhood birds enjoyed it!
What You’ll Need
- Line Popsicle sticks up side by side to form the base. You can make it as long as you’d like. Maddie chose to make a really long one.
- Spread glue over the lined-up Popsicle sticks. Allow it to dry. We used a hair dryer to speed up the process.
- Begin building the side of the feeder by gluing a Popsicle stick to either side of the base, then a Popsicle stick on the opposite sides. Keep doing this until you have a good wall that will hold in the bird seed.
- Allow the structure to dry.
- Paint the feeder however you’d like.
- Cut a long piece of yarn. Tie an end on each edge of the bird feeder. Cut a second strip and do the same for the corner that doesn’t already have yarn tied to it. You should be able to hold the feeder straight by holding both pieces of yarn in the middle.
- Mix bird seed with the peanut butter. There should be more bird seed than peanut butter. The peanut butter is merely to keep it from going through the edges.
- Hang on your favorite branch and watch for birds!
Fun resources for birdwatching with kids: