Let’s make a DIY bird feeder today! We have collected 36 of our favorite easy homemade bird feeders you can make at home or in the classroom. Kids of all ages will love making their own DIY bird feeders and hungry birds will love the food!
DIY Bird Feeder Projects for Kids
Today we have so many easy DIY bird feeders for kids who love wild birds, nature, and fun project ideas. These DIY bird feeders require very simple supplies and materials that you probably already have at home such as a pipe cleaner, wooden spoons, a plastic bottle, a popsicle stick, and plastic containers.
Use these easy bird feeder crafts as part of a bird learning lesson. Check out all the ways to use DIY bird feeders in kids learning. From preschool to kindergarten and elementary school kids — we have many different tutorials so everyone can make their own feeders to watch our beloved feathered friends. In fact, we have 38 homemade bird feeder crafts. Happy building!
1. Easy Pine Cone Bird Feeder Winter Craft for Kids
This homemade bird feeder is easy and fun to make, and great for wild birds in the winter! All you need is a pinecone, peanut butter, bird seed, and string.
2. Homemade Recycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeder & Nectar Recipe
Teach kids the importance of recycling and learning about birds by building a plastic bottle hummingbird feeder from your recycling bin.
3. Pine Cone Crafts – Bird Feeders
This is a great way to use up some of our nature finds and make something nice for our feathered friends! From Red Ted Art.
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4. Winter Activity For Kids: Stale Bread Birdfeeders
Don’t throw your stale bread! Instead, use it to make a bird feeder with your kids. From CBC.
5. How To Make a Gourd Bird Feeder
This tutorial is more suitable for older kids and adults as it requires using a serrated knife. But it just looks so cute! From Kitchen Counter Chronicle.
6. Paper Plate Bird Feeder for Kids to Make
This paper plate bird feeder from Happy Hooligans is perfect to do as a family and then watch the birds that come to eat in your backyard.
7. Thrifted Glass Bird Feeders
Got empty vases and candy dishes that you don’t use anymore? Let’s make a chic bird feeder! From Home Talk.
8. Cheerio Bird Feeders – Simple Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder for Toddlers
These Cheerio bird feeders from Happy Hooligans are easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make using just pipe cleaners and Cheerios.
9. Homemade Bird Feeders
For this project, you’ll only need wild bird seed mix, wholewheat bakery bagels, peanut butter, and some simple materials. Even your toddlers will be able to participate in the making of this bird feeder! From Mama Papa Bubba.
10. Orange Cup Bird Feeders
Fill empty orange rinds with a few simple ingredients to make bird feeders for your garden. Just follow the simple tutorial from Happy Hooligans.
11. Fruit & Grain Bird Feeders
These simple bird feeders are so easy to make but will look so pretty hanging in your garden – and the birds will appreciate your effort. From CBC.
12. Easy Homemade Cardboard Bird Feeder for Kids
Create a bird feeder out of cardboard for your backyard birds to enjoy! Use as many colors as you want to celebrate the start of spring. From Happy Hooligans.
13. Feeding Our Feathered Friends: Rainbow Ice Bird Feeders
Making ice bird feeders is easier than you think, and kids will love participating in this project during the winter months. From Twig & Toadstool.
14. Cool Ice Wreath Bird Feeder Craft Kids Can Make
Feed the birds with a pretty ice wreath bird feeder craft that kids can make in winter! From Hands-on As We Grow.
15. Juice Carton Crafts: Owl Bird Feeder
A quick and easy owl bird feeder craft made with juice cartons or milk cartons to make. Grab your googly eyes! From Red Ted Art.
16. Milk Jug Bird Feeder
This tutorial from Happy Hooligans is so good for the environment! This is a great craft for toddlers and preschoolers to accompany a unit on birds.
17. Citrus Cup Bird Feeders
This bird feeder tutorial is best with older kids as it requires some “sewing” the oranges. But younger kids will be able to fill in the feeder with bird seeds. From Mama Papa Bubba.
18. DIY Bird Feeders
These bird feeders/birdhouses are so easy to do that even the kiddos can help with. From Mom Endeavors.
19. Summer Project Ideas
To make these bird feeders, you will only need toilet paper rolls, birdseeds, and peanut butter! From Play From Scratch.
Related: Simple toilet roll bird feeder craft
20. Simple Bird Feeder with Snow, Corn and Chestnuts
Use the snow to mold a simple bird feeder to serve corn and chestnuts to the birds and squirrels in your yard. From Happy Hooligans.
21. Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder
Let’s use cookie cutters to make a quick and simple bird feeder to do with the kids – you can make them in many different shapes! From Juggling with Kids.
22. Bird Seed Wreath
Making a birdseed wreath is a fun, classic way to welcome Spring. They also double as nice housewarming gifts. From Infarrantly Creative.
23. DIY bird or butterfly feeder
This bird and butterfly feeder is so easy, although younger kids might need assistance from an adult to work with the wire. From Melissa Camana Wilkins.
24. DIY Suet Feeders
This suet feeder includes a homemade suet recipe that will surely attract bluebirds! This craft is more suitable for older kids and adults. From The Garden-Roof Coop.
25. Make an Easy DIY Bird Feeder (no tools needed)
Let’s make a cute bird feeder for the garden! No tools needed – just a bit of glue, paint and supplies from the craft store. From Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
26. Simple Macrame Orange Bird Feeder
This tutorial from Blue Corduroy is so simple and the birds love it! As an added bonus – they look so cute!
27. Soda Bottle Bird Feeder
By making this craft, we keep a plastic bottle out of the landfill. Might need help from an adult to cut through the bottle. From Kelly Leigh Creates.
28. How to Make a Peanut Butter Bird Feeder
Let’s learn how to make a teacup bird feeder; it’s so simple and easy to make, and ends up being a super cute garden decoration! From Practically Functional.
29. Tea Cup Candle Sconce Bird Feeder Tutorial
The next time you’re at the thrift store, pick up an old candle sconce, tea cup and saucer to create a cute little bird feeder. From DIY Showoff.
30. DIY Bird Feeders
To make these bird feeders from Erin’s Creative Energy, you’ll need to drill a bit (so it is not suitable for kids), but the end result is so adorable!
31. Acorn Bird Feeder Tutorial
This acorn bird feeder from Tried and True Blog looks so neat on any garden.
32. Easy Fall Crafts Using Pine Cones: Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders
This pine cone bird feeder tutorial from Freebie Finding Mom allows the little ones to exercise creativity, motor skills, and excess energy while learning about birds.
33. DIY Colorblock Bird Feeders
We loved this tutorial from Handmade Charlotte! Invite some colorful visitors to your backyard this spring with these DIY bird feeders!
34. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
I love this DIY bird feeder from a flower pot and a couple of terra cotta saucers – birds will love the free food too! From All Things Heart and Home.
35. DIY Birdseed Ice Ornaments
36. DIY Tin Can Flower Bird Feeder
Repurpose tin cans to make this cute yet functional bird feeder. Kids will need adult supervision or assistance! From Birds&Blooms.
When to Use Bird Feeder Crafts In Kids Education
Learning about birds their habitats can be taught in several subjects and classes across different educational levels. Use DIY bird feeder projects with kids as a hands-on learning experience as part of a learning lesson:
- Science: This is probably the most obvious subject where students learn about birds and bird habitats. In early grades, students might learn about different types of birds, their physical characteristics and basic habitats. As students move into middle school and high school, they would delve deeper into topics like bird anatomy, behavior, and ecology. Learning about birds is included in classes such as biology, environmental science, or zoology.
- Geography: Students can learn about the different bird species native to different regions and continents, as well as how geographical features influence bird distribution and habitats.
- Art: Students could study and replicate bird anatomy, colors, and behaviors in art classes. Many of the bird feeder crafts are a piece of art too!
- Literature: Birds are often symbols in literature. While studying various pieces of literature, students can learn about birds and their symbolic meanings.
- Environmental Education: Kids learn about the importance of preserving bird habitats and the impacts of human activities on these habitats.
- Outdoor Education/Field Biology: In these practical, hands-on classes, students might observe birds directly in their natural habitats, learning about birdwatching, identification, and behaviors.
- Social Studies: Birds can be important in different cultures and histories. Students might learn about birds through studying these aspects.
- Math: While it’s less common, bird-related topics might be incorporated into math problems to make them more interesting and relatable. For example, students could analyze data related to bird populations or migration patterns.
More Bird Crafts, Activities & Learning from Kids Activities Blog
- Download & print our bird coloring pages
- Kids can learn how to draw a bird with this simple drawing tutorial
- Printable crossword puzzle for kids with a bird theme
- Fun bird facts for kids you can print
- How to make a nest ball
- Interactive bird map
- Paper plate bird craft that has movable wings
- Make a bird mask craft
- Here is a fun cardboard blue bird craft!
- Watch as this man starts hatching quail eggs from the grocery store! The little chicks are so cute!
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Did you enjoy making these homemade bird feeders?