5 Minute DIY BIrd Feeder

Who has time to build a bird feeder? School is back in session and sports are in full swing again. The pace of life for many households has picked up and it’s go, go, go — all the time. With all this running around, it is easy to forget to pause and do something as simple as watch the birds in the backyard. Yet, each year more research touts the benefits of nature’s calming affect on people. And who couldn’t use a little stress relief?

This simple tutorial is fast, frugal, and gives the opportunity for the ever-calming hobby that is bird watching. Use our 5 minute DIY bird feeder as your relaxation therapy and give yourself and kids a reason to unplug and reconnect with nature.

Most of the supplies are probably already in the closet. However, Joann’s almost always has a selection of twine and ribbon on sale.

IMG_1272 Bird Feeder Supplies

  • Peanut Butter
  • Knife or spreader
  • Toilet paper roll (empty)
  • Bird seed
  • Scissors
  • Twine/string/ribbon



3 Steps to Complete Your Bird Feeder

  1. Determine where the bird feeder will hang and how long the twine/string/ribbon should be. Use the scissors to cut accordingly and tie your cut piece to the empty roll of toilet paper.
  2. Use your knife or spreader to cover the toilet paper roll with peanut butter
  3. Once your roll is completely covered with peanut butter, roll it in the birdseed. Use hands to pat it on and get extra coverage.


That’s really all there is to it! Though this tutorial is easy enough for a preschooler to do, even the oldest child will enjoy spying on birds when they come grab a bite to eat. To make things even more interesting, grab a notebook and camera and start taking notes. There are so many great games to play by trying to guess a bird by how it looks or by it’s song. Did you know each bird’s song is unique? The internet has made it easy to find exactly which species are visiting your family each year.

And while you’re watching the birds pick at their new feeder, you can feed your brain with these fun facts about birds. Find more of these at Bird Watcher’s Digest:

Bird facts