Howdy, Kansas City! Spring is almost in the air and while you’re prepping for some more of the weather we had earlier in the week, maybe try out this fun craft from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy. Her kiddos and her made these awesome DIY Bird Feeders. Great for a fun activity or adorable gift on Mother’s Day. Take a look…
When that groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, he must not have meant Kansas City. The weather lately has been gorgeous! We all keep talking about it, and I will keep talking about it because although it is February, it feels downright spring-like and I am giddy for spring!
February is National Bird Feeding month. I’ll be honest, I am not generally thinking about birds in February. This year though, my family has been spending a ton of time outdoors. It has been great because it has us really thinking about what we’d like to accomplish in our yard this spring. One thing we all would enjoy is some lovely bird watching. I knew I wanted to add some bird feeders to the yard, and I really wanted it to be a fun craft the whole family could get in on. When I looked up DIY birdhouses and feeders though, there was a lot to be desired. Many were way too tough for my kids, or only involved painting a premade house. I ended up working together a couple examples I found, and I think our bird feeders turned out fantastic!
To make these birdfeeders you will need:
- Rope (pay attention to thickness; you want it to fill the holes in the pots)
- Drill with masonry drill bit
- Terra Cotta pots (1 per feeder)
- Terra Cotta saucers (2 per feeder)
- Acrylic paint
- Clear spray sealant
I picked up some pots and saucers from my nearby home improvement store. You can pick whatever size pot you want, but the saucers need to fit the pot well. One for the lid, and one for the dish, large enough for birds to perch on. My large pot was actually an orchid pot and already had three holes around the base, as well as one on the bottom, so I did not need to drill it at all. The other two pots needed holes drilled around the base for the birdseed to come out. Each saucer needs a hole in the center, to string all the parts together.
After the holes were drilled. I washed and dried all of the pottery to remove any dust. Once dry, it’s time to paint. When looking up bird feeders, I found a lot of examples where people made fountains out of clay pots and they painted and sealed all areas of their pottery. I was worried though about the materials breaking down over time and what that may do to the birds, so we did not paint, nor spray sealer, anywhere the seeds would be. So, we only painted the outside of the pot, the top of the lid and the bottom of the dish. I put a bit of tape on the areas we did not want paint to help the kids to remember. After the paint dries completely, spray with sealant outside. I did a couple light coats, and the pieces were ready to handle in just 30 minutes.
The kids and I worked together to string all of the pieces onto a rope. At the bottom I tied a knot using the same technique I use on the girls’ bead necklaces. I made a loop and wrapped the end three times through the loop before pulling it tight. Allow enough rope on top to tie to the tree. If your rope isn’t thick enough and the pieces are too wobbly, or the seed falls out, fill with some hot glue (not the lid).
DO NOT FILL WITH BIRDSEED UNTIL YOU HAVE HUNG IT UP. These are not super sturdy and took two people to fill. I held the pot level while my daughter lifted the lip and poured in the birdseed. I’m hoping the fact that they’re a little precarious will keep squirrels and my cats off of them. I don’t think the little birds we usually have around will weigh enough to disturb the pot. I will keep you posted though!
These were very fun to make and are so cute in the tree. I love that they were easy to make (it only took one afternoon) and they are easy to refill. If you don’t have time to make these for National Bird Feeding Month, they would still make a fun Earth Day activity or a very cute Mother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day gift. I am planning how to paint my next one already!
From iFamily to Yours,