Doing a craft together is a great way to spend some meaningful time with your grandchildren away from the computer or TV screen.
Next time you’re together, why not try building a bird feeder – they are easy and inexpensive to make, require very little prep and can be adapted to be simpler or more complex depending on the age group of your grandchildren.
Once finished, they look great in the garden and also offer the opportunity to study the different birds as they come to feed. Need inspiration? Here are two easy ways to make a bird feeder at home.
Simple bird cake
This speedy bird cake can be made from things you likely already have around the house and is a great way to attract greenfinches, tits and even great spotted woodpeckers to your garden.
- An empty yogurt pot or other small, plastic container
- Bird seed
- Grated cheese
- Suet or lard
What to do
- Start by making a small hole in the bottom of your plastic container and threading the string through – make sure it’s long enough so you can tie the pot to a tree.
- Cut the lard or suet into small cubes and place it in a mixing bowl – for best results, wait until it’s at room temperature.
- Add your ingredients to the bowl and mix it together by hand until the mixture starts to come together; you can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like or leave something out if you don’t have it at home.
- Pack the mixture into your yogurt pots and press down so everything is firmly in place. Leave them to set in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Recycled Bird Feeder
This simple bird feeder can be made from bottles from your recycling bin and is easy to restock and use again and again.
- A plastic container: an old water bottle, soda bottle or milk carton works best
- String or wire
- Bird seed
What to do
- Wash your plastic container thoroughly and let it dry. Carefully cut a hole in the side of the bottle – it should be low enough to allow the flow of seeds but not so close to the bottom that they fall out.
- Poke 2-3 small holes in the bottom of the container – this will allow water to drain from the feeder when it rains.
- Firmly tie a piece of string or wire to the top of the bottle.
- Fill the container with seeds and then hang it from a tree or clothes line in your garden.
Will you try making your own bird feeder?