Backyard Bird Feeders
Want to add a little color to your backyard? Start attracting birds. Here are a couple of simple bird feeders that you can make at home. You’ll need birdseed, a medium sized wax carton from milk or juice, an aluminum pie pan, some thin rope, a paper punch, scissors, and a few rocks.
Let's start with the milk carton bird feeder. First, take your carton and make a hole in the center of each side, about five inches from the bottom of the carton. You can use the end of the scissors or a pen to make the hole. Now, use your scissors to enlarge the hole by cutting a window out of each side, making sure that the bottom of your window is about two inches from the bottom of the carton. The birds are going to use this portion of the box as their perch and the birdseed will be in the area right below it.
Take your paper punch, and make a hole about a half an inch from either side of the top of the carton. Use your thin rope and string it through both ends. When you're ready to put it up, simply tie these ends together on a branch. Pretty easy, huh?
Our second bird feeder is just as easy to make. Take your aluminum pie pan and punch four holes spaced equally apart on the rim. Make sure they’re even, otherwise the feeder won’t hang right. You don’t want a lopsided bird feeder, do you?
Take four even length pieces of rope and tie a knot at one end. Thread each piece of rope through the hole making sure that the knotted end lies under the rim of the pan. Once you have all four sides threaded, it should look like this. Bring all four ends together and tie them into one big knot. This is how we’re going to hang the feeder on the tree.
Finally, add your birdseed into each of the feeders. You can place a few rocks, evenly on the bottom, to keep the feeder from swinging around too much in the wind. If that doesn’t help, try mixing the birdseed with some peanut butter or lard and it will surely stay in place. Also, remember to clean your feeders out from time to time and try to keep the food dry.
Find a nice place to hang your feeders. Tie them to a tree limb where you can see them from a window. The local birds will love their new hang out.