bird feeder

A little birdie told us that this was one DIY you have to try! Making a bird feeder together creates fun bonding time with the kids, plus your backyard becomes much more exciting. Every day, your little birdwatchers will want to see who’s flying in for a visit. This activity also teaches kids how to reuse regular items around the house for a good purpose. So, let’s turn an ordinary plastic jug into a buffet table for the birds!

What You’ll Need:
plastic jug or milk carton
dowel (cut to approx. 11")
serrated knife
paint
paint brush
clear gloss acrylic spray paint (optional)
twine
bird seed

flat lay of the supplies for the diy bird feeder activity for kids

Cut 2 rectangle openings on each side of the jug for the feeding windows (parent-only step). Paint the outside of the jug with stripes, designs or whatever you like. Optional: after painting, spray the outside of the jug with acrylic spray paint to set the paint.

child painting a plastic water jug for the diy bird feeder activity for kids

When paint is completely dry, cut an X on each side of the jug (parent-only step). Push the dowel through the Xs to create a bird perch.

young child sticking dowel through painted diy bird feeder, an activity idea for kids

Pour bird seeds into the bottom of the jug.

child pouring bird seed into the diy bird feeder, an activity idea for kids

Tie a piece of twine around the top of the jug. Use the cap to secure the twine.

twine wrapped around the do it yourself bird feeder, an activity for kids

Loop the twine onto a tree branch and wait for the hungry birds to flock around your new bird seeder!

completed diy bird feeder activity for kids

watch how it's done!