How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Making a simple bird feeder from materials you likely already have around the house is a fun craft project that also helps our feathered friends. In this article, I will walk you through the easy steps to create a charming toilet paper roll bird feeder that can be hung in your yard, garden, or even from your balcony or porch.
What You’ll Need
To make this easy recycled craft, you will need:
Empty toilet paper rolls – Save your used toilet paper cores instead of throwing them away. You’ll need 2-4 toilet paper rolls for one bird feeder.
Scissors – Any basic scissors you have around the house will work.
String, yarn, or twine – About 6-12 inches needed per bird feeder. Jute twine works well.
Peanut butter – Creamy peanut butter works best. Skippy or Jif are good options.
Birdseed – Black oil sunflower seeds are ideal, but any birdseed mix will work.
Plastic spoon – To spread the peanut butter onto the rolls.
Waxed paper or paper plate – To set your toilet paper rolls on while spreading peanut butter.
How to Make the Bird Feeder
Step 1: Cut the Toilet Paper Rolls
The first step is to cut or tear your empty toilet paper rolls lengthwise. You want to cut them into 2 or 4 smaller strips each. This allows the rolls to become flat slats you can stack on each other.
Step 2: Spread Peanut Butter on the Rolls
Next, take a plastic spoon and spread a thick layer of creamy peanut butter onto the outside of each toilet paper roll strip. Make sure to coat both sides of each roll piece.
Step 3: Coat with Birdseed
Then, before the peanut butter dries, press the peanut butter covered rolls into a pile of birdseed. The seed will stick to the peanut butter. Completely coat each side of each strip with birdseed.
Step 4: Stack and Secure the Rolls
Now take your peanut butter and birdseed covered rolls and stack or interlock them in a log cabin style. Overlap the ends and alternate the direction of each roll slat.
Once stacked, use your string or twine to tightly tie around the center of the stacked rolls to hold them together. Tie a loop at the top for hanging.
Step 5: Hang It Up
Your toilet paper roll bird feeder is now ready to hang up outside for the birds to enjoy! Use a hook, rod, or branch to hang your homemade bird feeder in an easily accessible spot for neighborhood birds.
Tips and Tricks
- Hang your feeder using fishing line or thin transparent string to make it appear suspended in midair.
- Use natural jute, twine, or hemp string to complement the eco-friendly recycled materials.
- Add decorative elements like ribbons, buttons, or paint to personalize your bird feeder.
- Make several feeders and hang them at varying heights to attract different bird species.
- Re-coat your feeder in peanut butter and birdseed as needed when supplies run low.
- Store unused birdseed in an airtight container to prevent it from going stale.
Crafting a bird feeder from toilet paper rolls is an easy, fun project for bird lovers of all ages. Not only does it provide a handy purpose for used cardboard rolls, but it also gives the satisfaction of creating a cute craft while helping our feathered friends. With just a few household supplies, you can make an eco-friendly feeder that brings joy to backyard birds and nature enthusiasts alike. So don’t throw away that toilet paper roll – turn it into an adorable and useful bird buffet instead!