Homemade Bird Feeders - easy diy bird feeders for kids to make

Homemade bird feeders are really easy to make following our step by step homemade bird food instruction. These easy diy bird feeders for kids to make are made using just 3 ingredients and they are shaped using a cookie cutter! They are really easy to make in just a few steps so they are great bird feeder for preschoolers to make.  These diy bird feeders can be hung up in the garden with some pretty ribbon or they could be made as a special homemade gift that kids can make, they would make great little homemade christmas presents!   

How to make homemade bird feeders. These easy diy bird feeders for kids to make are made using just 3 ingredients and a cookie cutter. This homemade bird food would be a great homemade gift that kids can make or a fun outdoor nature activity.



We love these homemade bird feeders so much that we come back to this activity to make more diy bird feeders each year! You can see in the video below how easy it is to make this homemade bird food. Take a look at the step by step diy bird feeder instructions below for full details on how to make them.


We love making DIY gifts for family and friends and these homemade bird feeders make perfect little gifts as well as being easy enough to make with the kids. 


If you are looking for more bird activities for kids take a look at our bird puppet craft, cheerio bird feeders, footprint bird craft or our salt dough birds.

If you are making these homemade bird feeders with preschoolers as part of a winter project take a look at all our other winter activities for kids.


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  • Bird seed mix,
  • Gelatine,
  • Boiling water, 
  • Mixing bowl and spoon, 
  • Cookie cutters,
  • Tray covered in foil,
  • Ribbon,


How to make homemade bird feeders:









STEP 1: Get your bird feeder supplies ready


Before starting these diy bird feeders for kids to make I'd recommend getting all your supplies ready. You can see in the video above how easy it is to make this homemade bird food when all your supplies are to hand. 

Harry and Daisy were both 3 years old when they first made this homemade bird food so they are perfect bird feeders for preschoolers to make. They would be great to make as part of a winter project. (more winter activities

As well as collecting your bird seed, gelatine and a jug of hot water you will need a mixing bowl and spoon and a tray that has been covered in foil. (see image below)


supplies to make homemade bird feeders


STEP 2: Mix the gelatine and boiling water 


Pour boiling water into a bowl (adults only). We used 1 pint of water, but if you only want to make a few bird feeders use less water as we made a LOT !!! You need roughly the same amount of water as bird seed.  

Pour 2 sachets of gelatine into the boiling water and stir until all the gelatine had dissolved. If you are letting kids help with this step you will need to supervise them very closely. 

easy diy bird feeders for kids to make instructions 

STEP 3: Add bird seed


Slowly tip your bird seed mix into the liquid. Add a small amount of the bird seed at a time and give it a stir.  

 homemade bird food 

It is important to make sure that all of the bird seeds are fully coated in the water and gelatine mix as this is what will help the bird feeders stick together when the mixture is added to the cookie cutter moulds.

homemade bird feeders activity for kids using biscuit cutter and gelatine


STEP 4: Add the homemade bird feeder mixture to cookie cutter moulds


Now it is time to use the bird food mixture to make your homemade bird feeders. Using cookie cutters as moulds for the bird feeders means you can easily make the hanging bird feeders any shape you choose. We went with hearts, bird shapes, butterflies, stars, a whole mixture of shapes!

Place the cookie cutters on top of a tray covered in foil and fill each of the cookies cutters with the homemade bird food mixture. Use the back of a spoon to make sure the mixture is packed into the cookie cutter tightly.

How to make easy homemade bird feeders for kids

STEP 5: Make a hole in the diy bird feeders


Push a cut up straw through the bird food mixture in each cookie cutter to make a hole ready for hanging your bird feeders once they have dried out.  

easy diy bird feeders for preschoolers and kids to make. Outdoor winter activites for early years, eyfs, toddlers

STEP 6: Dry out the homemade bird feeders


To dry out these homemade bird feeders you need to place the tray full of bird feeders in the fridge for a few hours and then take them out and leave them in a warm room to dry overnight. 

STEP 7: Push the bird feeders out of the cookie cutters


You need to really take your time with this step to avoid breaking any corners or delicate areas of your shaped bird feeders. REALLY carefully and slowly push the bird feeders out of the cutters using your fingers.  

STEP 8: Add Ribbon and hang up your homemade bird feeders


Thread ribbon or twine through the holes that you made at the top of your bird feeders. Tie a knot in the top of the ribbon or twine and you are ready to hang your homemade bird feeders out in the garden. 

Harry (aged 3) couldn't wait to hang a few of the bird feeders up in the garden for the birds. 

How to make homemade bird feeders. These easy diy bird feeders for kids to make are made using just 3 ingredients and a cookie cutter. This homemade bird food would be a great homemade gift that kids can make or a fun outdoor nature activity.

These easy diy bird feeders work really well as homemade gifts for kids to make. Just add a gift tag to the ribbon and they make great little Christmas gifts from kids. 

homemade gift that kids can make - easy diy bird feeders


Have fun making these homemade bird feeders and hanging them out for the birds enjoy
! These easy diy bird feeders for kids to make would be great as part of a winter project and don't forget to take a look at our other bird activities for kids! 


6 comments

  1. I really love this activity! I am going out tomorrow to buy the bits we need to make these! They look great!

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  2. They look beautiful and the birds will be so happy!

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  3. Such a cool diy ! loved it !

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  4. Lovely gift idea for grand parents. How long do they keep for and how do you store them?

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    1. We kept them for about a month before giving them to people as gifts, I cant see why they wouldn't last longer though. They weren't kept anywhere special, just with the other gifts. I hope that helps.

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