• Sarah Caughron

For the Birds: A Feeder

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Spring is almost here, and it's a good time to be outside.

Birds that might be active this time of year, particularly in the southeast US, include nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse, cardinal, robin, finches, wrens, chickadees, and mockingbirds. Make them happy to making them this awesome, DIY, feeder!


  • Empty container

  • Scissors

  • String to hang feeder

  • Wild bird seed

  • Perch (chopstick/popsicle stick/tongue depressor)

  • Permanent Markers to decorate

BONUS SUPPLIES - For nesting material sachet:

  • Tights or panty hose material

  • Nesting materials (string, cotton, batting, yarn, dryer lint)

  • String to hang the sachet

Here is an idea for a simple bird feeder made from a gallon-sized jug, but you can pretty much use any clean, empty container!

Assemble the materials, discuss your design, and use caution when cutting out the holes! We used a chopstick for a bird perch, but you could also use a tongue pressor or popsicle stick.

Permanent markers worked well for the coloring!

Another view as we put the feeder in place.

As a bonus, I had some retired tights, so we made some bird nesting material sachets and hung that up next to the bird feeder. These are filled with remnant yarn, strings, batting, cotton, and dryer lint! Help a fellow (bird) mom out!

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