When I asked on Twitter what 'How To' posts people would like me to do this year, Kerri suggest another similar to my 'Feed the Birds' post I did in 2014. When I started work on this post I had no idea it had actually been that long since the original post so I'm very glad Kerri did give me the idea as I think it is very important to do what we can to help our birds and wildlife.
Anyways, this post - what is it!? Well, Feed the Birds pt.1 was a recipe on how to make your own fat balls and other ways to form the mixture and in pt.2 I'm gonna share some more different ways to display lots of tasty treats for our feathered friends :)
Here we have 3 super simple mini DIY kind of deal-i-m-bobs! Not only was it fun for me to put together but I think that these (well at least 2 out of 3) would make fun little projects for kiddies to do while learning about our birds and wildlife - which they should be!! :)
1 - This is the easiest one and one I was skeptical about. I actually saw a similar thing on the internet and decided to give it a go with a couple tweaks and it worked! For this, you need to grab some empty toilet roll tubes, twine, peanut butter and seeds. You can guess what to do - coat the tube in peanut butter, roll it in seeds and thread some twine through to hang it up.
I was a little skeptical as to how well they would hold up outside what with the crazy wind we've had lately but was pleasantly surprised.
2 - I thought this cute little half apple was a nice idea for Valentines as it'll look cute in the garden as well as being a tasty treat. Out of them all, obviously, this would be the one least child-friendly as it involves sharp objects!
For this I cut an apple in half, carved out a heart shape and filled it with the same mix that I use to make my fat balls/cakes! Stick in a little twig for the birds to sit on and tie on some more handy dandy twine and ta-da!
3 - My favorite and the most fun DIY is this small bird feeder. If where you live, is like where I live, there are plenty of bigger birds that are greedy beggars and nick the food from the smaller ones. Now obviously I don't discriminate on size and am happy to feed them all, but this feeder gives the small birds a chance to eat in peace without being beaten to it.
You need an old jar (give it a very good wash and remove lid & labels), a wooden spoon or stick, some thick ribbon and feed to fill it. I used a hot glue gun to secure the spoon to one side of the jar but what with it being glass it didn't really stick, it did, however, hold it in place long enough for me to tie the ribbon on which helped to keep the spoon where it needed to be. After that just tie it in a nice safe area and refill with your desired feed as and when needed!
As you can see I used up my extra feed by making another coconut shell and an experimental looking thing re-using an old suet feeder. I have lots more fun ideas but I think that's enough for today. I hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you already do or are going to have a go at them.
Keep on feeding those birdies!