Easy-to-make DIY bird feeder helps birds during winter

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Not all birds migrate south for the winter, which means those who stay put in cold climates still need to search for their own food.

It can be hard to find seeds or berries when the ground is blanketed in snow, but with this easy DIY bird feeder, you can help keep birds warm and fed this coming winter. Birds need more calories in the colder months, and crafting this cold-weather feeder can help these animals get the nutrients they need— and it will barely cost you a dime!

This bird feeder hangs, which gives the birds easy access to food without having to scavenge on the ground. Birds can also nest in them, which helps shield them from the elements. These cold-weather bird feeders are much more robust than your typical, delicate spring feeder, which means they can withstand the cold temperatures and keep those birds comfortable.

All you need for this easy craft is a tin can, some twine, a pinecone and some bird food. Here’s the full list of materials you’ll want to gather:

  • Clean tin can
  • Paint, if desired
  • Fabric
  • Twine
  • Glue
  • Pinecone
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed

To make, you can begin by painting your tin can, if desired. This is a great way to customize your feeder to add some decor to your yard. Then you wrap a strip of fabric around the can, which not only adds to the design, but gives the birds a place to land. Tie some twine around the middle, and glue for extra security.

Next you’ll want to make the food. Dip a pinecone in some melted peanut butter, and roll it in birdseed. Let it dry slightly. Use a little bit of glue to fix the pinecone inside the can, and then hang for all the birds to see!

Get the full instructions by watching the video below:

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Carina Wolff
Carina is a health and wellness journalist based in Los Angeles. When she’s not writing, doing yoga, or exploring mountains and beaches, she spends her time cooking and creating recipes for her healthy food blog, Kale Me Maybe. Carina is also an ongoing writer for Bustle, Reader's Digest, FabFitFun, and more.

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