Thursday, 2 June 2016

30 Days Wild | Day two - D.I.Y Bird Feeders.

DIY Bird Feeders - Elizabeth Anne
As part of 30 Days Wild, day two is a little craft that anyone can do. Create a pretty bird feeder for your garden birds using a few simple ingredients that can be found in your pantry. Missed day one of 30 Days Wild? Click here to read.

You will need:

Bird seed
Peanut butter or lard
Cookie cutters of your choice (circle, heart and star shapes work best.)
Baking tray
Greaseproof paper
Skewer
Twine
DIY Bird Feeders - Elizabeth Anne

How to:

1 | Start by lining a baking tray with greaseproof paper and place the cookie cutters of your choice onto the tray and set to one side.

2 | In a bowl, mix the seed with peanut butter or lard until the seeds are coated. Depending on what birds are in your area, you could also add little extra treats such as insect pellets or mealworms. Press the mixture into the cookie cutters ensuring to press gently so the whole cutter is filled.

3 | Taking a skewer, make a small hole near to the top of the shape (this is where the twine will be thread through). Place the seed shapes into the freezer to set.

4 | When ready, gently push the seed shape out of the cookie cutter and then thread through twine and hang outside!

Tips

Not sure what to feed wild birds? RSPB has some great information and advice.
Check out the wild bird food section at your local pet store or try RSPB for lots of wild bird food.
The seed shapes can be made in batches; keep them safe and clean in this handy storage tin or alternative, use tupperware or a tin.
Looking for a bird-friendly peanut butter? Try Flutter Butter a nutritious, low in salt and high in protein feed suitable for most garden birds.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and don't forget to come back tomorrow for day three of 30 Days Wild! Don't forget to check out day one here.


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