DIY bird feeder: how to make fat balls

This DIY bird feeder is super easy and a great project to get the kids involved in

RSPB DIY bird feeder
(Image credit: RSPB)

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
  • Raisins
  • Peanuts 
  • Grated cheese
  • Suet or lard 
  • Yoghurt pots (or basically anything you can use as a mould)
  • String 
  • Scissors
  • Bowl 

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!

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