Isn’t Spring just the best season? The blossoming tree’s, new shoots, baby animals and gorgeous days. There is new life everywhere you look. It is really the season of hope and new beginnings.
We have been learning about the seasons throughout the year but I have used this new season as an opportunity to go over all four seasons. The change between winter and spring is one of the most obvious of all four seasons, so it is easy to show the children how the weather and environment changes.
There are obviously also so many fun crafts to do for the new season. We are busy giving our veggie garden a makeover and I want to try to encourage more birdlife to visit our garden. A DIY birdfeeder seemed like the obvious thing to start off our Spring crafts.
We used milk cartons to make these but when we do it again I will definitely use the 2l cartons instead of the 1l ones. You can use any container that you have – soda bottles or plastic milk jugs will also work.
What do you need?
- Milk cartons
- Paint – we used acrylic paint
- 2 Kebab sticks
How to assemble it
- Cut out a window on each side of the carton – leave a border around the edge.
- Let the kids paint their cartons
- Let them dry
- Push the kebab sticks through the border at the bottom to make a perch the birds.
- You can also add decorations, stickers, etc. There are no rules to what you can add on.
- Add birdseed and/or fruit to the bird feeder.
- We hung ours onto a stick in the wall over our veggie garden.
I decided to try to make our own birdseed because my mom had given me some packets of seeds for my rusk and I had some leftover so I created our own mixture.
All the recipes I could find used suet and I didn’t have that and if I am honest I wasn’t keen on the idea of using that. I ended up mixing a few things together and just sprinkling them on the bottom of the feeder. It seems to be working for now.
I simply mixed the following together.
- Mixed seed mix – sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds
- Unsalted, unroasted peanuts
Have you ever made your own birdseed mix? I would love to know what you added.
This was such a fun craft to do and something you can using anything you have at home. The kids love seeing the birds come and feed off something they made.