heart-shaped bird feeders

February 9, 2010

You know those pine cone bird feeders that little kids love to make? The ones involving peanut butter and birdseed? Well, we didn't have any pine cones and I wanted to go with the heart theme for February.  Here's what we did: 

Laid out the supplies: birdseed, peanut butter, cardboard hearts cut from old cereal and rice boxes, hole punch, ribbon. 

Juliet smeared peanut butter all over the hearts (ate a little of it, too!)

Then, she dipped one side in the birdseed. 

Turned it over, and covered the other side. 

I then strung the ribbon through the holes (which I had punched before we started with the peanut butter.) 

We then went outside and hung them on the tree.

I did manage to catch a bird enjoying some seeds through my patio door window (this was taken from far away, so this is a much as I could enlarge it without it getting too blurry.)

The day we hung these out was beautiful and sunny. Unfortunately, the next two days were rainy and windy. Let's just say, cardboard hearts aren't the best choice for rainy days. 

They got so soaked that they fell off the tree and were laying on the ground. I did see some birds still pecking at the seeds, but I'm thinking that this wasn't the best material for a bird feeder. Maybe next time we will cut shapes out of milk carton plastic and see how that works. 

Do you have any favorite bird feeding methods?

I'm linking up to Friday's Nature Table @ The Magic Onions and


The Activity Mom said...

Those turned out great! They look pretty hanging from the tree. Thanks for mentioning that you'd use plastic next time. We are going to give this a try.
I haven't had the best luck with bird feeder activities. One time when B was little we strung cheerios on a pipe cleaner and attached it to our deck and waited and waited for ANYTHING to come eat them. It was so gross over a week later and all the cheerios were still on there. Ha!

Regina said...

Love the hearts!!!

@TheActivityMom: Haha, I've also tried Cheerioes strung up on ribbons...they looked great but not even the squirrels were interested!

Peanut butter with bird seed is always a hit with our feathered friends. We've spelled out "YUM" in cardboard letters and although my daughter didn't quite get the joke my husband and I cracked up every time we looked out the window. Right now we have some toilet paper rolls covered in peanut butter and rolled black oil sunflower seeds...I predict they'll be gone within the hour!

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

Hey Vanessa!! Wow - congratulations on being featured on the Crafty Crow today :-) You deserve it with all the crafty goodness you've had going on recently. I hope the potty training is coming along well too!

Mari-Ann said...

These are lovely! I would love to make these, but we have SO many birds around our house as it is. (there are 13 nests burrowed along the outside of our roof!). My suggestion on how to feed birds - grow a garden and let them have at it. ;)

PS: thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

hey vanessa... this is such a great idea~
i just buy the little cages and some berry suet but this takes the cake! our birds would love this so much!
i would do it today but we are getting a snow storm!!
i will have to let you know when i do it!
Thank you!!

Phyllis said...

I have seen this done with bread cut out with cookie cutter instead of the cardboard, but that is a easier way of doing it, it seems. Thanks for sharing this idea.

Jackie said...

Those are such a great idea. We love to feed the birds. My husband made bird feeders that hold an ear of corn on a nail and we love to watch the birds. We have a book of birds from our state that we use to mark which birds we have seen. So fun.

Vanessa said...

Thanks for all the kind words! Let me know if any of you try it with plastic or some other more durable material!

Mama Jenn said...

Great idea! LOVE IT!!!

themagiconions said...

Super cute idea!!!
Thanks for sharing on Friday's Nature Table.
Blessings and magic,

kabouters said...

what a very nice idea!!!!!!!!!!

Grace said...

I like the heart idea!

Wonder Mom said...

Those are some lucky birds!

nocton4 said...

Love it x

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

Love it! Come link your cute tute at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!

Krystall said...

Wood hearts from Micheal's would work well and last for a while- kudos go to Erica, just thought it might work well for people. :)

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