peanut butter bird feeders

how to bird feeder

A couple of weeks ago I came across a coupon from a local store for a completely free bag of bird seed – no purchase required.  We picked up our free bag and I set it aside for the next time that I had my niece, Ava Dee, over for the day.

The girls went ballistic when I told them that we were going to make bird feeders.  I’m not sure what they were most excited about – the prospect of watching birds or the fact that I was going to let them loose with a jar of peanut butter.

In any case, here’s what you’ll need to make this SUPER simple craft:

  • peanut butter (feel free to use a PB substitute such as sunbutter, soynut butter or even cream cheese if there are PB allergies in your home)
  • knife
  • empty toilet paper roll
  • string/yarn
  • scissors
  • bird seed
  • cookie tray

birdfeeder 2

First I gave each girl her own tube.  Using plastic knives and under my supervision, they smeared peanut butter all over the outside of each tube.

birdfeeder 3


I spread an ample amount of bird seed on a cookie tray.


Then each girl rolled her peanut buttery paper tube in the seeds, coating as much of the surface as possible.


I cut two pieces of string and tied one string through each tube.  We then marched outside and hung our bird feeders on branches that we’d be able to see from our living room window.


And of course, the best way to end this adventure?  The girls got to spread the rest of the bird seed alllllllllllll over the lawn.  Thanksgiving came early to the neighborhood birds that day.