Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Recycled Ideas of how to make the birds happy in your yard or spread the love!

Juniper Moon Farm had a great idea as well for the bird nest helper!

Here’s some suggestions for nesting material:
  • straw
  • twigs
  • yarn – not longer than 6″
  • dry grass
  • dog hair
  • dry leaves
  • shredded paper
  • dryer lint
You can place these items in:
  • suet feeders
  • kitchen whisks
  • any little cage-like thingy that the birds can securely perch upon and shop from like a recycled fruit basket
2. Courtesy of Go Grow Go:  How to Make a Peanut Butter Birdfeeder - This is such a great idea!  Spread peanut butter on toilet paper rolls, roll them in bird seeds, and then hang them from a tree branch for the birds to enjoy! This easy toilet paper roll project is sure to delight your kids when they see their project come to life! This cute and simple craft project is great for kids and adults.

Egg Carton Bird Feeders are a great way to recycle egg cartons while feeding the beautiful birds of the world.  With minimal supplies, you can create an eco-friendly way to invite little guests into the yard.

5.   Lastly, make a birdhouse out of a Foldgers Coffee could use any plastic container I would think...

Supplies you will need
1 plastic molded No. 2 Folger's coffee can
2 coat hangers with removable cardboard roll
Craft wire
Begin by cutting out the two square sections on each side of the can that have the Folger's logo. Make a starting place for your scissors with a nail and hammer. Make as many holes as you need to get one scissor blade through the side to start cutting.
Leave about 2 inches of the plastic between the bottom of the can and the bottom of the cut-out sections.
To insert the hanger, make four nail holes on the molded bead that circles the can.
The bead is about 1 inch below the lid near the top of the can. Place them on each side about 1 inch from the cut-out side panels.
For bird houses you want the hole in the top so the birds can build their nests in the bottom and the young are not easily accessible to the hole. You also want to put air holes in the top of the sides so the birds don't get too warm and suffocate. 

You could build upside down so you could pull the lid (which is now on the bottom) off and easily clean and sanitize the insides for the next nest. Another reason for turning the container upside down is so when it rains the water does not drip in the air holes placed in the top sides. 

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