I love spring. I love watching the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and other birds that flit in and out of our yard – so I wanted to make sure they stuck around. I thought we would put out a little buffet to keep them coming back and also have a pretty display in our yard. If you enjoy letting your kids in on the fun whenever possible this is the perfect project for them.
Not only does it give them something to do to help develop fine motor skills but it also can give a very real sense of pride to be able to provide for small creatures.
Do you remember the pinecone, peanut butter, and birdseed feeders from your childhood? Maybe Scouts or elementary school? They sure were fun! This bird feeder takes it a few steps further. The end result of this project is a pretty and functional bird feeder buffet that will likely last through a couple of seasons as it is very simple to refill.
Now your feathered friends will have a variety of food to choose from and a perfect perch to rest on while they snack.
This was also a super inexpensive project for us, I was able to get the main pieces of our bird feeder at Dollar Tree, and the rest we already had on hand at home.
Mini wreath- Dollar Tree
Twine- Dollar Tree
Creamy peanut butter
Lay wreath inside of a round cake pan, spread peanut butter all over the top.
Sprinkle birdseed over wreath and peanut butter using the cake pan to catch spillage, scoop up what has spilled into the pan and sprinkle it again, coating peanut butter well.
Cut 3 lengths of twine 18-20” long, tie a knot in one end of each one , wrap a small piece of tape around the other to make it easier to thread.
Thread cheerios on each piece of twine about 6” up.
Tie twine pieces to wreath at equal distance.
Take your feeder outside and loop all 3 ends of your twine over a sturdy branch, and knot them together.
When the birds have devoured all the goodies it is simple to take it down, recover it in peanut butter, layer on more bird seed, and restring some cheerios. Try different types of seed to attract various birds- mixed seed, or black sunflower seeds.
DIY Bird Feeder Buffet Project created for Frugal Mom Eh by Jody Smith.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Debbie White Beattie
Thursday 6th of October 2016
This is so great for the birds and a great project for kids to do
Tuesday 9th of February 2016
This was such a rewarding project for us that we do it weekly now and always have a yard of birds
Tuesday 29th of September 2015
Nice idea for a feeder. Want to make this soon!
Monday 31st of August 2015
What a great idea! I have a traditional bird feeder in my front yard and my boys and I just love watching the birds feed. I would love to make this with my boys. :)
Wednesday 26th of August 2015
This has to be 1 of the cutest bier feeders I have ever seen. I will need to try this out. Thank you for the awesome ides