Skip to Content

Easy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders

All of our children adore animals. It is something in common between them, even with the drastic differences in their personalities.

They love going to the zoo or watching nature documentaries. Maggie, our oldest, often asks to keep random creatures as a pet.

While we don’t allow her to keep whatever wild animal she fancies at that moment, we have allowed her and the other children to raise certain animals as educational projects as a part of their homeschooling.

For example, we have raised butterflies, frogs, and triops (little prehistoric-looking crustaceans). We also have had the standard family pets at various times including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and a hamster.

The difficult part about pets is when the children, who initially wanted them so much, aren’t as eager to help take care of them. Obviously, when they are on the younger side, this is to be expected.

However, now that Maggie, Jacob, Zellene, Gideon, and Aram are getting older, we make sure that part of their chores include helping to care for our pets. Of course, we don’t ask them to do anything beyond the basics of feeding them, giving them water, or cleaning their enclosures.

While we don’t allow the children to keep wild animals as pets, we aren’t against trying to help the kids see certain animals a little more often. They love the standard small, furry woodland creatures and birds most of all.

Before we moved to our new home several years ago, we put out a hummingbird feeder with homemade nectar every summer. They loved watching those little hummingbirds dart around the air, “battling” one another for the prime feeding spots. Something so simple brought them a lot of enjoyment.

On my last trip to the grocery store, I picked up some bird seed and wildlife food so I could do a fun craft with my kids making their own homemade bird and squirrel feeders.

They had such a fun time making them that I wanted to share the process with you today.

Easy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Apples (4)
  • String or twine
  • Peanut butter
  • Wild bird food
  • Wildlife food – squirrel and critter blend
  • Milk jug

Apple Bird Feeder or Squirrel Feeder:

  1. Wash apples and cut off one-third (See photo)
  2. Hollow out the larger half of the apple with a spoonEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel FeedersEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders
  3. In a large bowl, mix approximately a half cup of peanut butter with a cup of bird seed (or wildlife food if you want to make this for squirrels or chipmunks).
  4. Pack the hollowed portion of the apple with peanut butter and seed mixtureEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel FeedersEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders
  5. Tie the string or twine around the stem of the apple feeder.
  6. Hang in an appropriate locationEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel FeedersEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Milk Jug Squirrel Feeder or Bird Feeder

  1. Thoroughly clean the empty milk jug to ensure that no milk residue remains inside the jug.
  2. Cut a “window” large enough for a squirrel, chipmunk or bird to be able to access the food inside. This window should leave several inches of the jug remaining below it to hold the food.Easy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders
  3. Punch two holes near the top of the milk jug, one on either side of the cap and roughly an inch downEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders
  4. Thread the string through the holes near the top of the jug
  5. Fill the bottom few inches of the jug with wildlife food – squirrel and critter blend (or birdseed if you’re making this one for birds).Easy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders
  6. Hang the jug feeder in an appropriate locationEasy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Both of these crafts are VERY easy to create and can be put together in just a few minutes. As long as your children don’t get crazy with their peanut butter and seeds, cleanup is relatively quick and easy as well.

Our kids were itching to hang them up right away and, in the interest of Orin and me maintaining our sanity, we obliged.

We found some old plant hangers in our garage and hammered them into the ground. On one we tied the four bird feeders and on the other, we tied the squirrel feeder.

These worked marvelously well! Make sure you hang the squirrel feeder in a location they can easily reach.

We made the apple feeders for the birds and the milk jug feeder for the squirrels but you can make these for either, just use the appropriate food for the wild critter you are trying to attract. And, if trying to feed squirrels, make sure they can reach the feeder.

Related Posts

Does your child have a small animal? Here’s a helpful post about teaching your child how to care for their small animals including a free printable small animal chore chart.

I also have a gift guide featuring tons of great gift ideas for kids who love animals.

Easy To Make Bird and Squirrel Feeders

Maria Egan

Tuesday 12th of March 2024

So clever using milk jugs and at hand items around the house. A great project to do with kids.

Sandy C.

Friday 8th of March 2024

I love these! I live in a high rise apartment, but I can hang them from the balcony. I always see squirrels and birds out there, looking for food...feel bad for them, especially in the cold weather. Thanks!

Lisa Vance

Wednesday 14th of February 2024

Great ideas.

gloria patterson

Sunday 31st of December 2023

My niece and her family moved into a new home. Big yard, trees and lots of birds and squirrels. I saw this and shared the link with my niece. Great niece and mommy will be making feeders this week.

Anita L

Wednesday 27th of December 2023

I love teaching my grand kids the value of animal life and to help care for them. These are some really nice ideas you have and I especially love the Apple Bird Feeder or Squirrel Feeder. Everything is natural and there would be little to no waste. Thanks so much for sharing!