Spring Crafts | Homemade Bird feeders


The last few weeks have brought a final blast of the winter chill. But with the early rising sun and the brisk mornings I've really enjoyed my first cup of tea watching the birds in my little town garden.

I feel so lucky to have so many tiny birds visiting my home right in the middle of all this concrete and brick and over the last few years I've been able to watched generation after generation of black birds, nesting in my hedgerow but it wouldn't be such a suburban haven if it wasn't for the abundant food sources offered by my neighbours and I.

So as the grounds still frozen and the trees are looking bare, I decided to make up some extra bird feeders. These are incredibly easy to make, and only take about 5 minutes to make so if you'd like to try making some too and invite more birds into your garden here's all you're going to need:

An empty fat ball bird feeder, or plastic container
A block of lard or suet
An assortment of fruits and seeds.

You can also use dried fruit (as I've done) for this recipe, but be sure to soak them in water for a few hours so they don't expand after the birds have eaten them.

All you have to do to make these is melt down your lard in a large saucepan on a low heat, add in your fruit and allow to soak in for 2-3 minutes, and pour into your feeder or container. Once you're done just pop it in the fridge to solidify overnight and you're ready for the garden!

So simple!

There's plenty of options with these, if your using a container, you can put them right out as they are on a table or raised bird feeder (somewhere the cats and other animals won't get to them), or you can cut it down into chunks and place them inside hanging cage feeders - its completely up to you.

If you'd also like to make a hanging feeder from scratch you can make a great feeder using old yoghurt pots by simple piercing a hole through the bottom and tying a strong cord through it.

These are also great to make with children, and can be made just as well by allowing the lard to sit and warm up to room temperature instead of melting it. That way there's no risk of burning and the kids can get stuck in with messy fingers. It's a really fun rainy day activity.

I love leaving food for the birds and can't wait to watch them enjoy these this spring.

If you have any other crafts you'd like to see this Spring let me know in the comments and I'll try to add them to the list!

Hope you have fun making these!


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