11 Bird Feeders and Birdhouses to Fill Your Backyard With Song This Summer
Invite your feathered friends to the family backyard picnic this weekend!
Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns
Happiness Is Homemade
Kids can attract some flying visitors to the backyard by making homemade bird feeders and birdhouses. Not only will these bird feeders be fun to make, they'll also inspire a whole summer of birdwatching. Choose a few to make from the list below and hang them around the yard — you never know who will stop by for a snack!
Juice Carton Owl Bird Feeder
Ever wonder whether owls and birds are friends? They both come from the same species — but have very different ways of living their lives! Little birds will appreciate seeing a friendly face with this owl-themed bird feeder. For this project, your kid is going to need to head to the recycling bin to gather their supplies: specifically, they'll need a big juice carton and lots of juice caps. Fly on over to Red Ted Art to see the rest of the details.
Pinecone Bird Feeder
This time of year, there's no shortage of pinecones. Luckily, that means it will be super easy to find supplies to make these pinecone bird feeders. To turn the pinecones into bird feeders, all they have to do is cover them in peanut butter and roll them around in birdseed. When they are completely covered, kids can a string through the pinecone and tie a loop so they can hang it up in a tree. Pro tip: Hang them high off the ground, since you never know what other critters they may attract.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Toilet paper rolls are like the MVP of crafting: No matter what kids are looking to make, there will always be a way to incorporate a toilet paper roll. Case in point: these toilet paper roll bird feeders. The rolls couldn't be easier to make. All they have to do is cover them in something sticky — like peanut butter, vegetable shortening, or coconut oil — and roll them through some birdseed. When they are ready to go, they can be placed around on branches, and the kids can watch to see what kind of birds come to visit.
Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder
The birds in your yard or terrace have nice place to relax and refuel with this popsicle stick bird feeder. The simple bird feeder couldn't be easier to make, as all the kids need to make them is a bunch of popsicle sticks and glue. Made With Happy keeps the feeder simple with one layer and a perch, but if they are feeling up to a challenge, they can add a second layer to turn their bird feeder into a bird mansion.
Homemade Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
Birds can't enjoy sugar cookies, but they can indulge in these personalized bird feeder cookies. The individual feeders are made using cookie cutter molds, so they will take on the shape of their favorite holiday cookie. Kids can make a whole variety of shapes and sizes and watch to see which ones the birds will choose. Just remind them, even though these treats might look like their favorite holiday cookie, they are for the birds!
Color-Block Bird Feeders
I'm not sure that the birds will appreciate the pop of color these feeders will add to your backyard, but they will love the tasty snacks that come with it. To make these plastic tubes pop, have the kids pick out a fun design and use painter's tape to bring the geometrical design to life. When the paint is dry, they can add a little perch and fill it up with a mix of bird seeds. Don't worry about the food flying all over the yard either — the individual feeders are made using plastic tubes, and each one has a lid to keep everything nice and secure.
Milk Carton Birdhouse and Bird Feeder
If you were to make a list of all-time classic crafts, there's no doubt that this milk carton birdhouse would be on the list. The traditional homemade birdhouse has been helping birds find a place to call home for many generations. To bring it up to date for today's world, Happiness Is Homemade decorates the outside of the house with a tissue paper collage. Once your kid has got the hang of making these, they can create a few extra to hang up in the yard and make a whole neighborhood full of birdhouses.
Recycled Can Bird Feeder
Birds are always on the go, from flying around in nature to finding supplies to make the ultimate nest. Give them a break and a little snack at the same time with this recycled can bird feeder. The upcycled craft transforms a coffee tin into a snack stand perfect for the birds. Now the birds and your coffee both get an extra boost of energy from the same place! See how you can help the kids can make one for themselves over on Momtastic.
Cheerio Bird Feeders
Love a bowl of Cheerios in the morning? Turns out birds do too. Give the birds a breakfast they can enjoy with these Cheerio bird feeders. To make the feeders, older kids (or you) can simply take a pliable wire and shape it any way they would like. Experiment with shapes like circles or hearts or make one giant twist to hang long from a tree. Check out Red Ted Art to get the full scoop on this bird feeder craft.
Citrus Cup Bird Feeders
Add a little natural air freshener to the yard with this citrus cup bird feeder. The birdseed sits inside a peeled-out citrus fruit and in turn, gives your backyard a naturally refreshing smell. The kids can use whatever citrus fruit you have on hand to make these — lemons, limes, or even grapefruits will do. I don't think the birds will have any preference for the fruit, they'll just appreciate the tasty snack sitting inside.
DIY Winter Bird Feeders
Don't forget your feathered friends when Old Man Winter blows into town! This feeder freezes birdseed right into an ice cube and makes a great seasonal treat for the birds. Hang up a feeder in the same spot in the summer and have the kids compare what type of birds show up for a snack. Bookmark this craft now and save it for the winter — the birds will truly appreciate it.
Updated June 2022