Easy Homemade Bird Feeder Craft For Kids

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Looking for a fun and easy craft to do at home with your kids? You most likely already have everything you need, and it’s a great way to get outside this summer!

Check out this super easy homemade bird feeder craft for kids!

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Fun Homemade Bird Feeder For Kids

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The other day my sweet 5-year-old came into the living room with a paper plate, an empty toilet paper roll (yes, from the trash haha) and said she was ready to make a bird feeder.

Me: Umm, sure?? Where did you learn about that?

G: From Elinor Wonders Why, I got everything we need.

Of course, I agreed and from there we got started!!

Elinor is one of the very few secular shows that we watch (here are some great Christian TV show options) and we love it! I can really tell that boosts her imagination and it’s a great option for screen time.

Hence, it leading her to want to make her own bird feeder! So we used this as a fun opportunity to spend time together, and she actually walked me through making the craft with little help on my end.

I wanted to share this super EASY, like less than 4 items, and quick craft you can do with your kids this summer. Or any time really!

It’s fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids because they can do it on their own while you help the younger ones.

You can also add this near your home garden if you have one, hang it up on a tree, or on your porch!

Here are the supplies you’ll need with step-by-step instructions for this super fun bird feeder craft for kids…

How To Make A Homemade Bird Feeder Craft For Kids

You most likely have everything you need to make this already in your home, but I’ll put a short list together, as well as the assembly!

I’ll also add that this isn’t the type of project that will withstand harsh weather – it’s not rain or stormproof but still, a ton of fun to do with your kids and cheap to make!

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll
  • Paper plate (the sturdier the better)
  • Fishing line, string, or rope
  • Birdseed or sunflower seeds
  • Scissors, crayons, hole punch

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Here is what you need to do step by step for your bird feeder! Feel free to let your kids do as much that is safe for them too, and help where needed. 🙂

1. Cut a circle in the middle of the plate.

This is where you’ll put the toilet paper roll through! Use the toilet paper roll to trace a circle in the middle of the plate and cut it out.

Keep the circle if you can, but if not there’s another option we’ll look at in step 4!

2. Let your kids decorate the rest of the plate.

You can let your kids use crayons, colored pencils, markers, whatever you want, and let them color and decorate it. It’ll add a nice personalization!

My daughter put together a little “book” (papers glued together with pictures) for the birds to read while they eat. So cute!

3. Cut a hole in the paper roll and tape the extra plate circle to the bottom.

The hole is where the birds will eat the seed from, so you can make it a little bigger!

It was hard for me to cut the circle out of the plate and keep it intact for the bottom of it, so I just cut out a circle from white cardstock. Tape that to the bottom of the toilet paper roll to create a base.

4. Put your paper roll through the hole in the plate (base at the bottom) and tape it underneath the plate.

I used tape around the edges under the plate to the roll, and a couple extra pieces all the way across to hold it!

5. Hole punch the top of the roll and place string through it.

We used fishing wire, but you can use whatever you have on hand! Put two small holes parallel to each other at the top of the roll.

Put the string through both and tie at the top in a few knots to keep it from becoming untied!

6. Pour bird seed into the top of the roll.

We poured birdseed in last, and outside because it can get a little messy. Fill it up until it starts spilling out of the hole onto the plate so birds can grab food off the plate or inside!

Ideas For Using Your Homemade Bird Feeder

Ta-da! You have made your bird feeder and are ready to head outside and hang it up!

We have a big tree in our front yard where lots of birds and squirrels are super active, so we placed it there. 🙂

homemade bird feeder for kids

While you are making this, there is such a great opportunity to tie all you’ve done back to God’s Word. You can read the following Bible verses with your kids:

  • “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
  • Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!Luke 12:24
  • Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:32

This is a great way to teach your kids more about God – His creation and how He cares for every living thing, including the birds!

Or feel free to check out these summer Bible verses with great teaching points for kids.


Homemade Bird Feeder For Kids

I hope that you are your kids enjoy making this craft! Do this as a fun summer activity, during homeschool lessons, or in your church Sunday school class. 🙂

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