For those of you who've always wanted a bird feeder, here's your chance to make one from scratch. Whether you live in an apartment with a spacious balcony or a house with an expansive yard, a bird feeder can be strategically placed in an open space, to attract birds. You'll be delighted to see how many of them flock to your creation.
- The food you decide to use, will determine the kind of bird that chances upon your bird feeder. Some birds aren't as picky, so don't worry, you're bound to have visitors.
- Most kinds of songbirds are attracted to mixed-seed feed. Others like hummingbirds are attracted to nectar. Birds like woodpeckers and flickers are attracted to suet feeders.
- Squirrels tend to nibble away at exposed birdseeds, but you can place the bird feeder in a different location that is hard to reach.
How to Make a Bird Feeder at Home
From a Bagel
You will need a bagel, string of yarn, plastic knife, peanut butter, and birdseed. First, cut the bagel in half and spread peanut butter on the open-faced side. Spread the birdseed on a paper plate and press the bagel face-down over it, patting it gently. Tie the yarn through the loop of the bagel and suspend it from a high point in your garden.
From an Orange
Take a large orange and cut it in half; scoop the insides thoroughly before leaving it out in the sun to dry. To quicken the process you can use a blow dryer. Take a pencil and puncture two holes across from one another, close to the rim. Insert a piece of twine through the holes, knotting it securely before tying the loose ends to a stick. Suspend it from a branch, like a mini swing.
From Scrap Plastic
Use an empty 1 liter plastic bottle to make this feeder; using a knife (under adult supervision) cut little pockets into the side of the bottle's bottom on either side, making a 4-inch-wide hole. Insert a stiff piece of cardboard (6 inches long and slightly bent into a U-shape) through the opening, using glue to secure it. Do this for the other side as well. Fill the bottle with bird feed from the top; you can bend the cardboard piece until it is at a slight incline, so that the bird feed doesn't slide off its edge. Using the same idea, you can slice a milk carton in half, fill it up, puncture holes into its sides, and suspend it from a branch using a piece of yarn or rope.