DIY Bird Feeders

Love Your Garden. Love Nature. Love Our Earth


Part of my week of Earth Day Activities we made some homemade bird feeders from bird feed seeds and lard. They are inexpensive to make and fun for Patronus' to join in. Plus, it is an ongoing activity that involves watching and looking at the birds that come and eat them. We had two large wood pigeons take up residents in our garden for a few days. Also, our resident squirrel, known as Nutkin came and, I'm prrrrretty sure stole one entire block. As we have discover he is a greedy one! He often comes and steals pretty much all of our bird feed, but we don't mind. He scales the wall of the house, which is an impressive feat in itself! 


What you need:

  • Bird feed/ various seeds

  • A cookie cutter - we used three different sizes of butterfly

  • Lard (one block is enough)

  • String

  • A fridge

  • Bowl and mixing tool

  • Saucepan/microwave and bowl

  • Baking tray


  1. Pour seeds into a bowl.

  2. Melt the lard in a saucepan on the stove, once melted stop heating.

  3. Slowly pour the liquid lard into the bowl with the seeds and mix them together.

  4. Place some string in the cookie cutter like a wick of a candle, but leave a long part out so that you are able to hang them up later.

  5. Pour it into the cookie cutter which is place on your baking tray. Fill them and press them so they are compact.

  6. Place in the fridge overnight.

  7. Next day slowly take them out and hand them up on a try in your garden.

  8. Watch the birds flock in!