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Apple bird feeder
Creating a bird feeder at home is a fun activity for all ages. It's like making a homemade meal for your daily visitors.

For a fat ball bird feeder you will need:

  • Solid vegetable oil
  • Bird seed mix
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic container
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Take these simple steps:
  1. Mix together the solid vegetable oil and bird seeds in a mixing bowl. There should be approximately twice as much bird seed as there is vegetable oil. Mould it into the shape of a ball.
  2. Put it in a plastic container and put the container in a freezer to allow everything to set firm.
  3. Cut about 30 cm of string.
  4. Tie the string around the ball, and hang it on a tree or anything else that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the ball!
Apple bird feeder

For this bird feeder you will need:

  • An apple
  • A corer or a knife (an adult may need to help use these)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • 2 sturdy twigs/sticks per apple that are as long as the apple is wide, plus an inch or two (these are where the birds will perch to eat)
  • Sunflower seeds

Take these simple steps:

  1. Use a corer or knife to take out the core of the apple.
  2. Take the sunflower seeds and push as many as you'd like into the outer edge of the apple. If you want to decorate them with faces or people's names, you can!
  3. Push your first stick of two into the apple sideways near the bottom of the apple.
  4. Tie your string to the second stick, and put the stick down through the empty core of the apple.
  5. Your apple bird feeder is ready! Tie it onto a sturdy branch of a tree or bush and watch as the birds enjoy what you have prepared for them.
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For a bottle bird feeder you will need:

  • One plastic bottle
  • One stick approximately 20 cm long, or a pencil for a regular 500ml bottle
  • String
  • Drawing pin (or something else to pierce the bottle)
  • Scissors
  • Seeds/bird feed

Take these simple steps:

  1. Clean your bottle and take off the label.
  2. Use the pin to pierce holes approximately 2cm from the bottom of the bottle (for the perch), 5cm from the bottom (for feeding holes), and 1 cm from the top (for the string). Once pierced, cut small holes (approx 3/4 cm) in the 6 places you have pierced the bottle. If the holes are too big the seeds may fall out. An adult may need to help with this step.
  3. Put your stick or pencil through the bottom 2 holes of the bottle. This is the perch. If preferred you can add 2 perches, as shown in the picture above.
  4. Put a long piece of string through the top 2 holes in the bottle, and tie it up above the bottle. The length of the string should be approximately 40-50cm but can vary depending on the thickness of the branch where you will hang the feeder.
  5. Put seeds or other bird feed into the bottle, and hang it up on a tree!

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