Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two Bird Feeder Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Feeders and Ice Feeders

Earlier this week my posts focused on sending some lovin' to the special people in your life (Click herehere and here.)  Well, that's all well and good.  But what about sending love to others?  How about the birds?  With the freezing cold weather outside, our feathered friends are bound to need some loving too.  So why not try out these two bird feeder crafts?  Chuck and I made some toilet paper roll bird feeders and some heart shaped ice feeders.  Both were really easy to make and currently dangling on a tree outside our building.

Here's an up-close shot of our Toilet Paper Roll Feeder:
Toilet Roll Bird Feeder Craft

To see how I made the toilet paper roll feeders and ice feeders, keep reading!

1.  Toilet Paper Roll Feeder

Materials to Make Toilet Paper roll Feeder:

  • Birdseed
  • Toilet Paper Rolls or Paper towel rolls (cut in half... or any other increment...)
  • Peanut butter (or in our case, Sunbutter)
  • Spoon or Knife
  • Yarn
  • Pan
  • Scissors

Directions to Make Toilet Paper roll Feeder:

boy sprinkling bird seed on toilet paper roll bird feeder
1.  Use a spoon or knife to spread your peanut butter onto the toilet paper roll.
2.  Then, pour some bird seed into a pan.  Sprinkle the birdseed onto your roll.  (Or, you could also just roll the toilet paper roll on top of the birdseed.)

toilet paper roll bird feeders
3.  Now string a piece of yarn through the toilet paper roll and tie a knot.

toilet paper roll bird feeders hung on tree

4.  Dangle them from a tree and wait for some birds to appear!

Easie peasie, right?  If you liked those then check out the next ones too!

2.  Ice Heart Bird Feeders

ice bird feeder craft
Note to self:  Next time don't hold icy bird feeders in your bare hands on a freezing cold day!

Materials to make Ice Bird Feeders:

  • Silicone Molds
  • Birdseed
  • Water
  • Flat Baking pan
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Cup
  • Spoon

Directions to make Ice Bird Feeders:

1.  Tie your yarn into loops and knot them.
2.  Place your silicone molds on top of a baking pan.  (This will help the water stay inside the molds as you bring them to the freezer.)
3.  Place a yarn loop into each mold. 

make ice bird feeders

4.  Sprinkle some birdseed into each mold.
5.  Spoon a bit of water into each mold.
6.  Put everything in the freezer.  (Or, you could put it outside if it's super duper cold where you are.)
 7.  Once they're frozen, bring them out to decorate your trees and feed the birds.

Here birdie, birdie!  
DIY ice bird feeders dangling from bush

Want something more visually stunning?  Want to give bird feeders as gifts to others?  Use this recipe to make birdseed ornaments for your friends.

Stay warm and happy crafting, friends!