Easy homemade birdfeeder

Where did the weekend go this week? One minute it was Thursday afternoon and the next..it's Sunday night! Rainy days, a new duck, a trivia night, the daughter's netball game and a drive to the girls' grandparents house made up the bulk of the weekend.

I wanted to share this cute little bird feeder made by our six year old at "Joeys" (a pre cub/scout group for younger kids). It was really simple for them to make, requiring only a pine cone, some softened 'Copha" (coconut fat), birdseed and string.

The crevices of the pine cone were filled with the softened copha then the cone was rolled in the birdseed. Finally the sting was attached. She hung it up on our birdfeeder which is right near our kitchen door and have been greeted with the most lovely visitors - tiny finch-like birds that sit on the cone and peck at the seeds. Sometimes three or four come at once and if we are sitting at the table, it's a real treat to watch them.


I also managed to fit in a little bit more crochet practice before the weekend. Using a book from the library, I followed the directions and created my first actual hat! The book is called "To Cute Crochet for Babies and Toddlers" and the pattern is the Busy Bumble Bee hat on page 85. It was slightly too small for the person who I had it in mind for, but it didn't seem to matter, it soon was squished on and worn without protest.


So now I'm back to the pattern of the hat that seemed to grow smaller not bigger.....and actually trying to make it go the other way around.

Comments

  1. That bird feeder is a great idea. I am always trying to attract birds to our garden...might give this a go!

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  2. That's a great reminder. I remember making something like that when I was a kid with peanut butter and seeds. I never thought of making it as an adult for some reason.And we have 2 species of pine trees on our property, so pine cones abound.

    Thanks for the inspiration! =)

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  3. It's really easy, LJ, and effective too!

    Peanut butter is a great idea, bio. You're lucky to have pine cones (and trees!), on your property....we have to treck into the forest to find ours :o)

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  4. Hi Christine, Well done, on your hat. It seems the practicing is producing some wonderful results. Hope you have a great week.

    Cheers, Deb

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  5. Christine, a quick question - do you ever hang the birdfeeder in for your chickens to play with? I tried to make a seedball for them recently, but it was a complete disaster. Have you ever made anything for them? Chook toys, it's my next project.. :)

    Celia

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  6. Thanks, Deb, slowly, ever so slowly getting the hang it! Hope your week is great, too. :o)

    Oooh, Celia, what a great idea to use the seedball for the chooks. I'm sure they'd love it, if hung at just the right pecking height for them. You can hang all sorts of food scraps for them to keep them amused. I try to keep my chooks as active as possible by taking them to 'work' each day..that is, running them over the veggie garden beds and recently in a new fruit tree run. I have made a few things for them....mostly perching set ups, but I am thinking that some 'foraging tunnels' out of hoops of polypipe and shadecloth will be fun for them as well...All of my chook goings on are in this link: http://slowlivingessentials.blogspot.com/search/label/chickens.

    Have fun with your new girls! They really are entertaining!!

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  7. sorry, the link didn't come through: http://slowlivingessentials.blogspot.com/search/label/chickens

    (if it doesn't work, click on "chickens" in the side bar menu).

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Hi there, so nice of you to stop by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love hearing what you are up to. Christine x

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