Add making a DIY bird feeder to that list of wholesome activities you are getting up to at the moment. You've baked bread, learned to knit, done your daily yoga, now it's time to give back to nature. This bird feeder is really easy to make from stuff you have in the cupboards and is great for getting the kid's involved in. You can hang it up and get them interested in what comes for a snack.
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You will need:
- Bird seed
- Grated cheese
- Suet or lard
- Yoghurt pots (or basically anything you can use as a mould)
Step one: prepare your mould
Using a sharp pencil, pop a hole in the centre of whatever you are using as a mould - the bottom of a plastic bottle, a yoghurt pot, have a look at what's in your recycling bin. Thread your string through the hole and tie a knot on the inside of the pot.
Step two: mix your bird feed
Let the lard come to room temperature and cut into small pieces. Pop in your mixing bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix together with your hands. You can get the kids involved with this bit.
Step three: fill your yoghurt pots
Put the mix into your pots and then put them in the fridge to set – they should be fine to hang in an hour or so. Then just pop them in a tree and watch the birds come and enjoy your DIY bird feeder!