DIY Nature Projects

DIY Bird Feeders

by Therusticfive-


With winter fast approaching, I am looking for ways to keep the kiddos engaged with nature and keep them busy, so today we made Bird Feeders. Not only did it keep the kiddos busy, but it also is a great way for them to help our bird friends get food while winter sets in. 


We started by cutting two oranges in half. Then we removed the pulp from inside the peel. 


Next, I poked 3 holes in each peel with a pencil. Then I attached yarn to the peel. Twine would have worked better than yarn, but yarn is all we had at the moment. 

Then we filled the orange peels with birdseed. I put the birdseed in a cup and then had the kiddos pour the seed into the peels. They poured it in over a plastic container. This cut down on a birdseed mess. 

Finally, we hung them outside on our kindness tree for the birds. Now, we can observe the feeders and watch for birds during our outdoor exploration time. 

Materials Needed:




Children with a nature spirit

Ages: Toddler and Up 

Builds: Connection to Nature, Empathy towards Mother Earth’s Creatures, Fine Motor Skills

Useful For:

Daycares, Preschools, Homeschools, Elementary-aged Kiddos, Nature lovers, Bird Lovers, and Family Explorations 

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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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  1. Neha

    very very interesting DIY, i think i want to try it

    14 . 12 . 2016
  2. Joanie Zisk

    What a fun craft to do with kids, I’ll forward this to my friend who teaches preschool – such a neat idea!

    14 . 12 . 2016
  3. Miri

    Truly nifty. I still have to try the PVC pipes one.

    14 . 12 . 2016
  4. kage2015

    I will have to remember to make these with the grandkids after have some for breakfast. Won’t being throwing these out anymore.

    14 . 12 . 2016
  5. Melanie and Todd

    These are such a neat idea! Perfect to make with kids! Can’t wait to try them out!!

    14 . 12 . 2016
  6. Dearlyndsey

    Wow, this is so simple. These would be a fun craft for my kids thank you for sharing.

    14 . 12 . 2016
  7. Nostalgia Seekers

    These are so cute – my daughter would get a kick out of making these!

    15 . 12 . 2016
  8. Megan @ The Many Little Joys

    My boys would love doing this. We’ve done toilet paper bird feeders before, but this would be a fun alternate version. Thanks!

    15 . 12 . 2016
  9. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Love this idea! So easy to make, and what a great project with kiddos! The birds will be so happy!

    15 . 12 . 2016
  10. workingmommyabroad

    Love this idea! Definitely going to try this

    15 . 12 . 2016
  11. stephanieloomispappas

    My kiddo would fail the “children with a nature spirit” requirement for this activity — I’ve been nagging him to come out and play in the snow with me since last Thursday! But I love the concept of these feeders, and am thinking about one with twine and grapefruits!

    15 . 12 . 2016
  12. angie the freckled rose

    This looks so cute and easy to do! I think my little cousin would have so much fun making this. Sounds like a great weekend project, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    15 . 12 . 2016
  13. Renee groskreutz

    Ok I just love the heck out of that. What a really clever idea.

    15 . 12 . 2016
  14. Brittany

    I love this!! I’m going to have to do this after eating some oranges. Great way to reduce waste!

    16 . 12 . 2016
  15. mamamillason

    This is great! I am used to making peanut butter bird feeders, and they are soooo messy!

    16 . 12 . 2016

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