All of the kids love it when birds visit our yard, so one of our daycare’s parents, Melissa, offered to come up with an idea for a bird feeder kids can make.
This is an easy kids’ craft idea that needs just a little bit of adult instruction, allowing children independence and pride in their beautiful bird feeder wreath.
I love crafts that allow children to be independent and have a bit of freedom in the creative process. (Read more about my approach to crafting here.) And the wonderful bonus of this craft is that children can observe birds enjoying their creations and feel a swell of pride each time a bird flies into the yard to visit their bird feeder wreath.
Materials for Making Your Own Bird Feeder Wreath
- 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup almonds
- 4 cup bird seed
- 1/2 cup gelatin mixed with 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup flour mixed with 1/3 cup water
- Bundt pan
- Ribbon or twine for hanging
*We’ve also made this with 3lbs of suet and 1/2 cup of peanut butter replacing the gelatin, flour and corn syrup – I definitely prefered the process of using the gelatin with the kids. To use suet, buy it from your butcher and melt over medium heat until liquified.*
The day before making your bird feeder wreath, grease your bundt pan and allow to dry.
Mix the water, flour, and corn syrup together to form a natural glue.
(After a 20 minute google search I wasn’t completely sure if corn syrup and flour were okay to add to a treat for the birds, so I made a few calls and have had a pet store and a veterinarian’s office confirm that corn syrup and flour in these quantities are safe for birds.)
Add bird seed mix to this natural glue and stir well.
(I encouraged the children to ensure there was no “loose” bird seed because that would just fall out of our wreath. It doesn’t matter if there are clumps of the flour glue.)
Arrange the pumpkin seeds, almonds, and cranberries in the bundt pan, then pour over the gelatin mix.
Scoop the bird seed mixture overtop and press firmly to compact your wreath.
Allow to set in the fridge overnight and then tie your string around the wreath and hang. If you’re a bit worried about the fragility of your bird feeder wreath, you can instead place it on a platter for the birds.
(Optionally, you can add the twine to the wreath during the gelatin stage, but this is a bit tricky for kids to get right.)
This easy bird feeder kids can make would be great as part of a bird unit study.
To use up the rest of your bird seed, check out my recipe for bird seed slime!
Or, check out these other bird feeders kids can make from my fellow bloggers:
- Cheerios Bird Feeder from P is for Preschooler
- Cardboard Tube Bird Feeder from Craftulate
- Spiral Bird Feeder from Craftulate (for older kids)