Make a bird feeder

How to make a bird feeder

You will need: 

  • Dry ingredients for the birds to eat: you could try a mix of bird seed, cooked rice, grated cheese, dried fruit, breadcrumbs or chopped nuts
  • Hard cooking fat (lard or suet) 
  • A pine cone, coconut shell or yoghurt pot (use an old yoghurt pot that has been rinsed out and recycle it after you've finished with it)
  • String
bird feeder

What to do


1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl

2. Add the fat and give it a good mix around until combined (if you need to melt the fat, ask an adult for help)


3. If you have chosen a pine cone, smother the mixture all over it; or if using a coconut shell or yoghurt pot fill the inside with the mixture

4. Hang your feeders with string, or if using a yoghurt pot as a mould, pop it out and leave on a bird table.

How to make a bird feeder

Drawing by Corinne Welch


Adrian Clarke

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