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Wildlife really brings the garden to life and a simple way to encourage more activity is by feeding the birds. Bird feeders are so easy and fun to make and once they’re dotted around, your garden will quickly overflow with feathery friends.

The kids can give garden birds a zest for life by making them a citrus fruit feeder; it’s a great way to get feathery friends to swoop by for a bite.

How to make a fruity bird feeder

Get more birds to swoop by for a visit with a simply made citrus fruit feeder. Scooped out citrus fruits create a natural bowl for bird seed; with a couple of lengths of string the kids can be enjoying and admiring their home made feeder in a matter of minutes.

Tools for the job:

Step 1:

This bit is for grown-ups only: cut the fruit in half using a sharp knife and a chopping board

Step 2:

Scoop out all of the insides (maybe keep the juiciest bits to eat later)

Step 3:

Again, for grown-ups only: make holes in the peel shell, you’ll need two holes on each side

Step 4:

Cut two long equal lengths of string

Step 5:

Thread the string through the holes, one piece of string per two holes, and tie all the string at the top so the feeder can be easily hung up

Step 6:

Fill the peel with plenty of bird seed, remember that different seeds attract different types of birds

Step 7:

Using the string, hang your feeders from the branch of a tree or anywhere else in the garden if there’s a hook

Step 8:

Birds not included but you’ll soon have plenty of visitors

How to make a fruity bird feeder
How to make a fruity bird feeder
How to make a fruity bird feeder

How to make a recycled bird feeder

Show the kids how to make a greener garden by saving a clear plastic drinks bottles to make bird feeders. With a wooden spoon as a perch, they’ll soon be tons of birds wanting to hang out in your garden. A tree full of feeders will attract lots of feathery friends. Encourage the kids to keep recycling, and caring for nature, by making new feeders every few months.

Tools for the job:

Step 1:

Take an empty plastic bottle and for adults only, use a knife to make holes on opposite sides of the bottle, this is for the spoon handle to go through

Step 2:

Above one of the holes create another hole, this is where the birds will be able to access the seeds

Step 3:

Push the wooden spoon through the holes on either side of the bottle

Step 4:

At the bottom of the bottle neck make another two (small) holes to thread the string through 

Step 5:

Cut a length of string and thread it through the top holes

Step 6:

Fill the bottle with your choice of bird seed, different seeds will attract different types of birds

Step 7:

Screw the cap of the bottle back on to keep the seeds inside

Step 8:

Tie the ends of the string together around the branch, leaving plenty of length so that the feeder can move about

Step 9:

Happy recycling means happy birds

How to make a reclcyed bird feeder
How to make a reclcyed bird feeder
How to make a reclcyed bird feeder

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