christmas for the birds

December 6, 2010

squirrel food
We love slapping peanut butter and birdseed onto just about anything and turning it into a bird-feeder--we've used pine cones, pom juice bottles, cardboard, and toast.

But we've never used bottle caps...
caps galore
Until now.

You know I am a habitual bottle cap collector. So it should come as no surprise that I have been storing away these play-doh caps over the past two years...I knew they would come in handy one day.
I prepped for this activity by hot gluing string to the backs of the caps to make the hangers. It took about 5 minutes to cut the string and then glue them on. Nothing fancy here.
the set up
I set up the craft table and Juliet was THRILLED with the prospect of rolling caps around in the birdseed. (She would have been thrilled with just scooping her hands through the birdseed and flinging it about the kitchen...)
peanut butter
We made Henry Ford proud by setting up an assembly line and getting down to business. I spread the peanut butter on the caps.
Juliet did the dipping.
waiting to go
She laid them on the tray--ready for the birds.
hanging them up
We took them outside and hung them on our mini-Christmas tree.
I love how they look like christmas ornaments! We spent the rest of the day peeking out the kitchen window to see if the birds loved our ornaments as much as we did.

But they never seemed to be there when we looked outside.

The next day, I noticed that about half the ornaments were gone. I thought maybe the wind had knocked them down, however, a few hours later, I noticed more were missing.

The next time I looked outside, only one ornament was left. "What is going on with these ornaments?" I wondered to myself.

Then I saw him.


He looked at me straight in the eye and that's when I knew.

Our ornaments were not bird-feeders. They were squirrel snacks. It seems that they made the perfect little plates for our furry friend!

I found the discarded and de-seeded plates strewn about our yard. So much for our dream of seeing birds perching on the branches and enjoying our treats--but at least the squirrel enjoyed them!

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Phyllis said...

Those are beautiful. We have trouble with the squirrels not leaving things for the birds as well.

Ticia said...

I love this idea

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

That reminds me of one of my girls' favorite Curious George episodes. I'm sure our squirrels would enjoy those as well.

Ben said...

I loved this project - very creative

Janey said...

Oh my goodness! I love this idea. So perfect and cute. I don't have any cute play dough lids, but I'm going to see what I can scrounge up-- maybe painted mason jar lids?
Thanks for the great idea!

Theresa said...

What a great idea! My sister-in-law and I are starting "5 Crafts 'til Christmas" with our kids...and this might be the one we were looking for!
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Amanda Dale said...

OMG! How fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I hope your squirrels love these as much as ours did. :)

Chels said...

What a simple and creative winter activity! That's quite a funny story about the squirrel thief! I'm sure he was thanking you as you looked right at him!

Love and Lollipops said...

Hi Vanessa

These are awesome!! I have bookmarked this as a very cool activity! I would love to "catch" a squirrel!!

Thank you for your kind comments recently!


Jill said...

I absolutely love this! I love colorful crafts and this is awesome. Can't wait to do this with the kids! It may have to be next year though so I have some time to save some playdough lids because I love the color.

Rockin Momma said...

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Jenny said...

Those are so cute, LOL at the squirrels!

Sherry and Donna said...

Too funny. We don't have squirrels here in Australia only nocturnal possums. Perhaps if I made some early in the morning the birds would have half a chance of enjoying them before the 'pesky possums' arrived at night! I think using the caps is a really cool idea.
Donna :) :P

Anonymous said...

So simple, yet such elegant dining for the birds and squirrels!!!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Those are great!!!

I'd love to have you join in on my For the Kids Friday Link Party. Come and see all of the fun we're having!

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