Easy Homemade Bird Feeder Kids Can Make

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A fun and easy Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder, this Homemade Bird Feeder is simple enough for kids to make and only requires a couple of materials you probably already have at home!

An easy bird feeder kids can make, this cookie cutter bird feeder uses common household materials for a super simple craft that will bring all the birds to the yard

DIY Bird Feeder Kids Can Make

Every Fall and Spring, one of my daycare kids’ favorite activities is making homemade bird feeders and watching in anticipation for birds to come visit.

We’ve made so many different types of homemade bird feeders, including:

By far, the kids’ favorite type of bird feeder has been our cookie cutter shaped bird feeders, but they can be a lot of work with a group of kids – and if you’re experiencing the same “Indian Summer” that we are (with a mixture of cold and hot days), a gelatin-based bird feeder could end up being a royal mess.

I think the kids’ favorite thing about those bird feeders is that they were able to pick out fun shapes for their ornaments, so I wanted to figure out a different way to let them do that.

This simple Cardboard Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder is super simple, but the kids loved it!

Plus, since you don’t have to wait for gelatin to set, you can make and hang up your bird feeders in less than 30 minutes. (Less than 10 if you’re not working with toddlers!)

We’ve had to be really strategic with where we hang our bird feeders to ensure that it’s birds that are getting to eat the seeds, and not our resident squirrels. Our best results have been hanging them somewhere that the squirrels can’t easily reach, like suspended off of the tree house or the clothes line.

This fun craft would be a great addition to a Bird Unit Study, or a fun activity after reading any of our favorite bird books.

 

How to make the EASIEST bird feeder ever with materials you already have at home

Materials for a Cooke Cutter Bird Feeder

  • Cardboard
  • Pen or pencil
  • Cookie Cutters <– we have this giant pack and use it for everything from baking to play dough (and then crafts like this)
  • Scissors <– these are the ones we have in our daycare, super easy to use and actually cut through things (unlike a lot of safety scissors). They’ve lasted for over 5 years
  • Hole punch
  • Dental Floss
  • Knife <– these spreaders are awesome for kids (I originally bought mine from Montessori Services but they appear to have switched brands and there are some complaints about the quality)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Shallow Container

I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays (we have one in the pictures in this post). I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

Tip: if peanut butter allergies are a concern, sunflower or Wow Butters are a good alternative.

How to Make Cardboard Bird Feeders

Assemble all of your materials. For my daycare kids, I presented mine on a tray in the typical Montessori fashion (with pre-cut cardboard shapes).

This keeps all of your materials tidy and organized, and also reinforces the order of the steps to make this bird feeder.

The tray also serves as a defined work space and makes cleaning up a lot easier.

If working with older kids, have them pick their desired cookie cutter shape and trace onto cardboard.

Cut the shapes out, and then add a hole to the top of the shape (at least an inch from the edge).

You can add the dental floss now or later to serve as the string for hanging the bird feeder. I found it easier to add it at this stage.

Using your knife, spread a generous layer of peanut butter on the cardboard shape.

You can spread peanut butter on one side or both.

Fill your shallow container with bird seed.

Finally, dip the peanut butter-slathered side of the shape into the bird seed to cover.

Hang up the ornament somewhere that the birds can access it – but the squirrels can’t!

Enjoy bird watching.

 

Pin this Simple DIY Bird Feeder for Kids:

This Peanut Butter Cardboard Bird Feeder is a fun way for kids to make cookie cutter bird feeders in any shape they like and then bird watch in their own backyards

 

Grab your free printable for our easy Peanut Butter Bird Feeder:

Yield: As many as you want

Easy Homemade Bird Feeder Kids Can Make

A simple cardboard bird feeder kids can make independently using materials you already have at home.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • Pen or pencil
  • Dental Floss
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Shallow Container

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Knife
  • Cookie Cutters

Instructions

  1. Assemble all of your materials. For my daycare kids, I presented mine on a tray in the typical Montessori fashion (with pre-cut cardboard shapes).
  2. This keeps all of your materials tidy and organized, and also reinforces the order of the steps to make this bird feeder.
  3. The tray also serves as a defined work space and makes cleaning up a lot easier.
  4. If working with older kids, have them pick their desired cookie cutter shape and trace onto cardboard.
  5. Cut the shapes out, and then add a hole to the top of the shape (at least an inch from the edge).
  6. You can add the dental floss now or later to serve as the string for hanging the bird feeder. I found it easier to add it at this stage.
  7. Using your knife, spread a generous layer of peanut butter on the cardboard shape.
  8. You can spread peanut butter on one side or both.
  9. Fill your shallow container with bird seed.   
  10. Finally, dip the peanut butter-slathered side of the shape into the bird seed to cover.
  11. Hang up the ornament somewhere that the birds can access it - but the squirrels can't!
  12. Enjoy bird watching. 

Notes

Tip: if peanut butter is a concern, substitute with sunflower butter or Wowbutter.

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This simple homemade bird feeder was super easy to make with the kids and they loved getting to pick their favorite shapes for their bird feeders! This is a great fall craft to do with a crowd or a classroom.

For more bird-inspired activities, check out our Collection of 20+ Bird Crafts or our Bird Seed Slime. Or for more garden activities for kids, check out our DIY Seed Bombs or our Garden Wind Chimes.

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