Looking for a simple project to do with the kids? We love watching birds, and ever since we moved here, I have planned to buy a bird feeder to put up in our yard, but somehow, just never got around to it. But this year, I came across a really simple way to make a homemade bird feeder from mesh bags.
I started saving the bags that our oranges and onions come in.
I found a few recipes that can be used to make suet to feed birds, but we ended up just using what we had on hand.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup fat
1 cup large flake oats
1 cup peanuts (crushed)
I would have added bird seed, but didn't manage to get any.
We combined everything in a small mixing bowl.
The mixture is pretty greasy, so Danica used small bags to shape it into balls.
We set the balls in the freezer for a while to make them easier to work with, then put them inside the mesh bags.
We then tied the ends, and attached the suet balls to a hanger. We have a pole in our yard for hanging flower baskets. It seemed like the best place to hang our new bird feeder.
Danica put together a slide show of how to make these easy and inexpensive bird feeders.