This recycled shoebox lid bird feeder is adorable and so easy to make! It’s a great nature craft for kids of all ages and looks so cute when finished. This simple bird feeder may only take about 10 minutes to make, but it will inspire hours of indoor and outdoor bird watching for your little ones!
Making a bird feeder with kids is a great way to teach children about caring for nature and how to identify local birds!
Turns out a shoebox lid makes the perfect eco- friendly bird feeder! Birds can safely perch right on the lid, they are easy to work with and the design options are endless.
Ready to make a simple bird feeder?! Here’s what you’ll need..
- Shoebox lid
- Bird Seed
- Peanut Butter or try PEANUT FREE Sunbutter
- Hole Puncher
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Here’s How We Made This Simple Bird Feeder:
First find a cardboard box lid, draw a simple bird outline on it, make a beak and stick on a googly eye. We used the same shoebox lid from the Bird Seed Sweep activity! I set out the peanut butter and bird seed so it was ready to go.
Put a thin layer of peanut butter on the bird. Children might need a little help with this step depending upon their ages and abilities. It’s okay if the peanut butter gets on the googly eye because it will wipe right off!
If you can’t use peanut butter due to allergies, you can just sweep the bird seed on the bird and keep it loose. The birds won’t mind! OR you can try PEANUT FREE Sunbutter.
Next, sprinkle the bird seed on the peanut butter. This step is easy for kids of all ages. My four year old picked out a few pieces of bird seed at a time and gently placed them on the peanut butter. This is great for building fine motor skills and practicing hand-eye coordination.
As you can see, it quickly turned into a bird seed free for all! You can easily shake off the excess bird seed or just keep it on the tray.
Now it’s time to turn the shoebox lid into a bird feeder! I punched one hole on each side of the shoe box and tied twine through holes, as pictured below. Make sure to tie it on the branch to keep it secure. You will want to bring this indoors on rainy or windy days.
Finally, pick a great spot to put your bird feeder! We found a nice spot right outside our front window so we could take a peek when we were inside. My boys love identifying all the different birds that visit our feeder and running outside to see how much bird seed has been eaten!
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I hope you give this simple bid feeder a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.