Grandma Doesn’t Need Bird Feeder Plans For This Easy Fun

 

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Pine Cone Feeders Need No Bird Feeder Plans

There is nothing I love more than my birds, unless it’s my family…  especially my grand children.  We love to do things together and going outside is one of them, even in the chilly winter.  The other day my oldest granddaughter and I were looking outside and we saw a lone cardinal on a leafless and twiggy looking little tree.

She called to me, “Grandma, look it’s a cardinal.  See him there in the tree.  Grandma, what’s he going to eat?  There are no leaves or bugs or anything for him.”

Well, said I, “let’s make a bird feeder for him out of the left over pine cones we used making our Christmas wreath.

What an afternoon of fun we had making, hanging, then watching our latest back yard bird feeder become the hot spot of the neighborhood.  We are not the only ones either, as you’ll see.

Easiest Bird Feeder Plans Around – A Christmas Treat For The Birds

This article maps our every step to a perfect homemade feeder:

Our winter birds will enjoy an extra treat as winter weather sets in. Get the kids involved to make a wonderful Christmas gift for your backyard birds by creating pine cone bird feeders.

You’ll need:

    Large, open pine cones
    Peanut butter
    Birdseed, chopped dried fruit or chopped nuts
    Fishing line, twine, ribbon or string
    Plate or dish
    Butter knife

 

Cut a long piece of twine and tuck it under the top sets of scales on the pine cone, then tie securely. Spread the peanut butter on the inside and outside of the cone. Sprinkle seed mixture on top of cone, then roll it in a dish of seed to get maximum coverage. Hang the cone from a branch near where birds are likely to shelter such as evergreens or dense shrubs.

Tip: If you have collected cones from the neighborhood, consider drying them on a foil-lined cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for about 45 minutes with the door cracked. This will kill any critters and allow the sap to melt, making them much less sticky to work with.

Garden Tip is courtesy of Heather Prince, The Growing Place, 630-355-4000,

www.thegrowingplace.com

Making these was truly a treat for us and a very special treat for our cold, hungry feathered friends in our back yard.  We want to thank the folks at the Naperville Sun for sharing this story with us.  We hope you’ll enjoy making pine cone bird feeders too.

Using soda bottles to make a homemade feeder makes bird feeder plans unnecessary.

Soda bottle feeders make bird feeder plans unnecessary.

Building a Bird-Friendly Bird Feeder That Is Kid-Friendly Too

If you look through catalogs or online, you will see bird feeders and houses that are more like bird mansions and resorts.There are some incredible designs – but there is something special about making your own.  Maybe it’s the feeling of drawing backyard visitors into your yard on your own; maybe it’s saving a ton of money! Either way, try these soda bottle bird feeder plans.

You can buy plastic bird feeders, and you can even buy soda bottle style bird feeder kits. 

There is really no need to because these feeders are so simple – and so cheap.  Most households have a spare 1 or 2 liter soda bottle around somewhere.  You will need this and:

    Utility knife – Dowel, twig, or wooden spoon(s) – String or fishing line – Birdseed

Start by cutting a hole about 1/4 of the way up the bottle.  Make sure that it is just big enough for the slimmest part of the spoon or twig.  Make another hole directly opposite this that is about the size of a nickel.  Turn the bottle around and make aother hole about 1/2 way up the bottle.  Again, make another nickel-sized hole directly opposite.  Into these holes, insert your perches, which can be wooden spoons, dowels, or sturdy twigs.  Carefully pour in birdseed, using a funnel if you need to.

Use your utility knife or a drill to make a small hole in the top of the cap of the bottle. Insert a length of wire, string, or fishing line

Little boy certainly doesn't need bird feeder plans to finish his soda bottle bird feeder.

Youngster Puts Finishing Touches on His Feeder

through the hole and make a loop.  This will be the hanger for your bird feeder.  Hang your feeder off the ground, but make sure that it is accessible so you can refill it easily.

There are different methods for making a simple soda bottle bird feeder.  Try this one or look for soda bottle bird feeder plans online to make your own. Your kids – and the birds – will love it.

Making Your Own Feeder From Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

 

A hopper bird feeder has seed storage built right into the design. While there are drawbacks, the big advantage is that you do not have to refill

Free red cedar hopper bird feeder plans so you can build your own bird feeder for about a quarter of what it would cost you to buy one.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder Plans

them daily.

The handy hopper is perfect for those who can’t make the trek out to the backyard every day to refill it, as well as for those who like to keep their bird friends fed during the winter months.  The seed is kept in a covered container that protects it from the elements – and from overzealous birds and squirrels.  A small amount of feed is released from a slit at the bottom of the container into a tray.  As it empties, more seed spills out thanks to gravity.

It is a very simple system but remarkably effective.

These hopper bird feeders can accommodate commercial seed mixes, millet, sunflower, and virtually any seed you (and your birds) like.  You can keep squirrels and heavy birds from gobbling up your seed by making a weighted feeder. You can modify your bird feeder plans to add an adjustable counterweight designed to close the food access ports when a squirrel tries to eat.

You typically don’t have to fill the container every day, which is perfect when you’d rather spend a few more minutes in bed rather than trucking out to the yard. Birds who don’t make the first seating can still get fresh feed, and it is also a perfect solution for keeping your birds fed while you’re on vacation.

What could possibly be a downside to this great system?  In many designs,

Pictured is a red cedar hopper bird feeder with a plexi-glass hopper making it easy to see inside to know when to refill the hopper with bird seed.

Red Cedar Hopper Bird Feeder

the storage container takes up the bulk of the space, while the eating tray is reduced to a narrow ledge.  These feeders are also more expensive than

simple tray feeders. This makes sense because the design is more complex – but it doesn’t make it any easier on the wallet.

You can solve both of these problems with one solution: when you use bird feeder plans, you can make your own.  Just by using scraps of wood in your garage, you can create an efficient hopper bird feeder that has the features you want, like a wider tray beneath the storage container for more eating area, without the cost.

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