Providing a food source for birds is not only a great way to help your local wildlife; encouraging birds to visit your garden will supply you with lots of beautiful birds to watch while your garden starts to awaken from winter.
We’ve used our Tender Leaf bird on this free template to make a simple bird feeder. All you need is natural string, a marker pen, a skewer, scissors, cardboard, bird seed and peanut butter.
Here’s how to make yours:
Print out the template below, (either drag and drop from here or go to our blog for the PDF download). Printing out at 100% will make a small bird feeder which is fine, but we went big and printed it twice the size onto an A3 sheet, making it easier for small hands to work with.
Next carefully cut along the dotted lines then grab your cardboard to start drawing round the templates. We used a thick, black sharpie so that the marks would show on our bird feeder, giving it a nice, bold edge.
You will then need to cut out the shapes from the cardboard as this is probably too stiff for your child to do. Next let your child spread the peanut butter all over the cardboard wreath and bird. You could do this on both sides but we recommend just one as it can get very messy! Then grab your bird seeds and sprinkle them all over the peanut butter.
Use a skewer to make a hole in the top, middle of the wreath and bird. First thread a piece of string through the bird and attach it to the middle of the wreath. Then thread another piece of string through the hole in the wreath and tie at the top ready to hang in your garden and watch the birds enjoy it!
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