Bird Feeders

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

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Bird Feeders

Lost Art of Being Kind – Feed the Birds

Homemade Winter Bird Feeder

Where I live it’s very, very cold  and all the birds do not fly south for the winter.  

It would be nice for them if they all could go enjoy some time at the beach, relax, sip on tropical drinks and enjoy the sunshine. Sadly, that’s not the case for some of the sweet little tweeters, they have to stay right where they are – like some of us:)  

Since we are all here, let’s make it a fun project for the family, and feed the birds!   When it’s winter where I live, the ground is covered in snow, or frozen, and the food supply is diminished making it is really difficult for our little feathered friends to get something to eat.  By having bird feeders out, it also brings the birds close so you can watch them; which also provides the opportunity to teach your family the various types as well as gives hours of enjoyment and entertainment to all ages. 

Here are a few ideas of quick and easy-peasy projects you can to together to provide the birds something to eat.  

I want to thank my daughter-in-law Tawni for the fabulous picture!

Pine-cone Feeder


  • Pine-cone String or yarn
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird Seed
  • Popsicle sticks  


1- Simply spread some peanut butter on the pine-cone, getting into the spaces really good.

2- Roll in the bird seed.

3- Tie a string or yarn around the pine-cone, allowing enough length to hang the desired space.  

These two feeders were made in the summer, but they would work just as well in the winter too.

Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder 1Cheerio Chain Bird Feeder


  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Cherrios
  • Ribbon, yarn or string

 Directions: Have children thread cheerios onto pipe cleaner, leaving room to twist ends together to form a circle. Repeat, except loop through other circle before twisting ends, forming a link.

Do as many links as desired. Tie a ribbon, yarn or string onto an end loop and hang.

Bagel Bird Feeder 1  Bagel Bird Feeder

( from:  The National Audubon Society)


  • stale bagels – we used mini bagels 
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • string or yarn

Tie yarn or string around the bagel. Slather stale bagel with peanut butter. Roll in birdseed. Hang from a tree. TIPS:

  • Place your bird feeders in places that aren’t too windy, have good cover nearby, and minimize other hazards.
  • Fill your bird feeders with the amount of food that can be eaten in 2-3 days.
  • Keep your feeders and feeding area clean by raking up spilled seed under them and wiping off permanent feeders.
  • Provide water at your feeding area. Place a clay saucer that’s at least 24 inches on a low stump or on the ground, and fill it with about 1 1/2 inches of water. Refill it every few days.


Copyright Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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