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DIY Bird Feeder #LoveYourColorfulWorld

Spring is finally here! After a long, cold winter here in Kentucky, I am looking forward to watching the trees get their leaves back and see the flowers bloom. We spent too much time inside during the winter and I plan on spending more time outside to enjoy the warmer weather and enjoying nature.

DIY Bird Feeder #LoveYourColorfulWorld

With earth day just around the corner, I wanted to do a project with my kids to help them recycle some of the products we had used in our house and also do something that would benefit something outside.

After our Spring Picnic, we had a few empty Tampico gallon jugs and saw online that people had made these gallon jugs into bird feeders!  It was the perfect craft for our family to do! You just need a few supplies and it is a project your kids will love..and so will the birds!

DIY Bird Feeder #LoveYourColorfulWorld

DIY Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder #LoveYourColorfulWorld

Supplies

  • Empty Tampico Gallon Jugs
  • Permanent markers
  • Wire (I used the wire that is used to make wreaths)
  • Scissors
  • Birdseed
  • Wooden sticks (kabob sticks work)

Instructions:

Draw an outline on one side so you know where you need to cut out the hole for the bird seed.

DIY Bird Feeder #LoveYourColorfulWorld
With a scissor, poke a hole so it is easier to cut out around the outline.

DIY Bird Feeder Tampico #LoveYourColorfulWorld
Using the permanent markers, let your child draw all over the gallon jug.

 

DIY Bird Feeder Tampico #LoveYourColorfulWorld
Poke a hole on the left and right sides of the opening about 1 inch from the bottom. Then feed the wooden stick through the holes. This is where the bird can sit to eat the food.
Poke 2 holes on opposites sides at the top so you can add the wire to hang the bird feeder. Cut about 18 inches of wire.

DIY Bird Feeder Tampico #LoveYourColorfulWorld
Feed the wire through the holes and wind them together at the top.
Let the children add the birdseed to their finished bird feeder.

DIY Bird Feeder Tampico #LoveYourColorfulWorld
Make sure you hang it near a window so you can watch the birds all day long. We have some beautiful Cardinals that fly around the woods next to our house. I can watch them enjoy the bird seed while I am washing the dishes.

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DIY Bird Feeder Tampico #LoveYourColorfulWorld

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Don’t get discouraged if the birds don’t use it right away. It took about 10 days for the birds to start using it. We have seen Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Sparrows in it. My kids love watching the bird fly in and out of it.

My kids love the taste of Tampico punch. There are several delicious flavors. Our favorite flavors are the fruit punch and the pineapple coconut. You can find them at your favorite grocery store. My kids always ask for a cup of Tampico punch when they get home from school.

Let your family enjoy Tampico punch and then clean out the jug to make your own bird feeder. Earth Day is April 22 – how do you plan to celebrate?

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Christie

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

What a great spring upcycle project to do with the kids! I love this idea for Earth Day too, so fun!

Raijean S

Monday 11th of April 2016

Such a neat idea, I'm going to have to do this with the boychild. He is all about projects so he will love this.

Janell

Monday 11th of April 2016

Thanks! We had a lot of fun making it!

Louise Bishop

Friday 8th of April 2016

Great way to recycle as well as show the kids how to connect with nature in a wonderful way! Cute!

Ann Bacciaglia

Friday 8th of April 2016

This is a great project for the kids to do this weekend. We have a lot of birds that come to the yard.

Brandy

Friday 8th of April 2016

This is such a beautiful idea! I have been saying I want to get a bird feeder, but we can use our recycle to make one with the kiddos!

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