March 24, 2010

Homemade Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Spring has sprung! Hooray! It seems like all creatures great and small are thankful for the change of seasons, and we have so enjoyed seeing our little backyard wildlife refuge return to life. With two 40-plus-foot oak trees just outside our back door, we have never been lacking of birds and squirrels to keep us entertained, and it is always so refreshing when the sounds of chirping and barking recommence after a long winter’s hiatus. It is what always tells me definitively that spring indeed has arrived!

To ensure our little friends don’t venture to greener pastures (a.k.a, the yard next door ;), the kiddos and I put together little “sandwiches” for them to nosh on, which we hung from kitchen twine from some of our trees in the back. It was so much fun to see the animals vying for the goodies we had left out for them. What a fun way to spend a lazy spring afternoon!

Interested in making a few of these of your own? It is such a great activity for little hands, and there is really nothing to it!

Cookie cutters
Wooden skewer
Peanut butter
Kitchen twine (or other string)

Now, hang your “sandwich” from a branch in your preferred spot, and sit back to watch the creatures enjoy your handiwork!


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7 Responses to Homemade Bird and Squirrel Feeders

  1. Kelli @ RTSM March 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Cute idea! I’ve only ever seen that done with a pine cone, but your ways seems much easier than getting the P.B. between all the cracks of the pine cone!

  2. Tammy March 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    This is so cute and I love seeing your children getting involved in the process. We have so many tree knotholes that we just stick it in there.

  3. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish March 25, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    That is really cute! Great idea to take it beyond the pinecone!

  4. Kate March 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    What a great idea! We’re working on bringing more birds to our yard (no problem w/ the squirrels right now) and this would be a great way to get the kiddos involved! Found you on New Friend Friday 🙂

  5. Martha May 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    cute idea. do you have any problem with the bread coming off the string?

  6. Sky May 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    What a fun and simple idea! I know my little boy, who LOVES birds, will really enjoy this project! Thanks for sharing… this is my first time to your blog and I’m a new follower- it feels bright and fun here!

  7. Inspire Me Heather November 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Hi Amy – your little bird feeders (and helpers too) are adorable! I bet the birds ate them up fast! I’ve got this linked to my bird feeders post as well today, for inspiration! registered & protected

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