Bird feeder

Making a bird feeder

Everything you need to make your own bird feeder

Everything you need to make your own bird feeder.

Many birds rely on food we leave out for them, particularly during cold months. With a few ingredients, it’s easy to make a bird feeder to help keep your garden birds happy.

You will need:

  • a pine cone
  • smooth peanut butter or lard
  • bird seed
  • a spoon
  • string (if you want to hang your feeder)
Putting peanut butter into the gaps of the pine cone

Try to push the peanut butter into all the nooks and crannies of your pine cone.

How to make a bird feeder

  1. Use the spoon to push as much peanut butter or lard into the gaps of the pine cone as you can. 
  2. Pour some of your bird seed onto a plate and roll your pine cone around in them. The seeds will stick to the peanut butter or lard.
  3. If you are going to hang your bird feeder, tie some string around the base of the pine cone or its stalk.
  4. Put your feeder outside for the birds to enjoy. Use the string to hang it from a tree branch, bird table or fence. Or you can leave it on the ground for ground-feeding birds.

What birds will use the feeder?

Blue tit

Will a blue tit visit your bird feeder?

Any British bird around will gobble up the seeds and fat.

You are most likely to see robins, blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, thrushes and goldfinches.

Handy hints

When the birds have eaten the seeds and fat, you can reuse the same pine cone to make a new feeder. You can also make extra feeders and store them in a plastic bag in the freezer until needed.

This article was originally published in Wild World, our magazine for kids.