Easy DIY Bird Feeder

Spring is in the Air and with this simple-to-make bird feeder, you and your family can help nourish the birds and catch a glimpse of the beautiful chirping choir in the process.  Don’t stop at just one….they are so simple…make several.

Step 1: Find an Apple

Select an apple that will serve as the foundation of your feeder.  This can be a fresh apple or one that has passed its prime but is still sturdy.  Cut the apple in half and carve out the core with a spoon, leaving a generous edge.

 

Step 2: Prepare it for Hanging

Place a screw at the top or bottom of the apple, aiming for as close to the core as possible without it poking through the carved-out portion.  Attach a weather-resistant string to the screw for hanging the finished bird feeder.  The string length should be determined by the area you are hanging the feeder.

 

Step 3: Formulate & Mix the Seed

Mex your desired bird seed. When selecting seed for your bird feeder, find a mix that appeals to a wide range of birds in order to experience the diversity of avian life in your area.  You can us a pre-mixed seed variety, however, be aware that this mixture may contain fillers that might not be the healthiest option for your winged visitors.  Another option is to make your own mixture using the suggestions below:

-Nyjer Seeds: (thistle seeds) finches

-Sunflower Chips: bluebirds, finches, nuthatches, sparrows

-Black Sunflower Seeds: finches, chickadees, cardinals, titmice, jays

-Safflower Seeds: grosbeaks, cardinals, titmice, chickadees, finches

-Millet: juncos, towhees, doves, quail, sparrows

-Shelled Peanuts: chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, jays, titmice

-Cracked Corn: doves, cardinals, jays, sparrows, starlings, blackbirds, crows

 

Step 4: Make it Sticky

Mix enough peanut butter with the seed so that it all sticks together – this doesn’t have to be a precise amount.  I prefer to use natural peanut butter for this, as excessive sugars and salts aren’t good for the birds’ health.

 

Step 5: Apply the Seed Mix

Spoon the mix into the hollowed-out apple.  The peanut butter should keep the seed attached to the apple while giving the birds ready access to it.  If the seed seems to fall out of the bird feeder easily, you might need to add more peanut butter.

 

Step 6: Hang it All Up

Hang the bird feeder in a spot where you can watch the birds come to feast and enjoy the show!

 

Thank you Rachel Dupree and Hobby Farms Magazine for the great project!