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Edible Bird Feeder

Make a homemade bird feeder to hang outside your window or in a tree by your home.


  1. Select a bird feeder base:
    Pine cones are a popular and natural foundation for a bird feeder, but you may also use an empty paper towel roll or a stale piece of bread.

  2. Make it sticky:
    Coat the base with peanut butter or honey. If you are making your bird feeders with a child, be sensitive to potential peanut allergies and use honey instead.
  3. Add some goodies:
    Roll the feeder in raisins, cranberries, unsalted and unbuttered popcorn, Sunflower seeds, shelled plain peanuts or mixed birdseed.
  4. String it up:
    Run a wire, dental floss or cotton string through your bird feeder. Secure the two ends together to make a loop.
  5. Hang your bird feeder outside:
    Place your bird feeder on a hook outside a window, or in a tree outside your home. If you are unable to see the bird feeder from your home, place it in a tree near a bench where you can sit and watch the birds feed.

Take It Further

  • Some birds like to eat fruit – create a simple bird feeder by threading an apple or an orange half.
  • Customize your bird feeder. Observe which birds are popular in your neighborhood, research what they like to eat and make a bird feeder for them.
  • While observing birds, sprinkle some bird seed on the ground in front of you. Patiently wait for birds to come feed. Don’t give up, it is a great way to watch birds up close!
  • Help everyone understand the birds in your area by participating in a citizen science project, such as Project FeederWatch.
  • Extend what you’ve learned with easy-to-use activities from BirdSleuth, especially created for homeschool learning.
  • This activity was created in partnership with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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