…and you can find a bag of birdseed anywhere…
-from Tom T. Hall’s song Everybody Loves to Hear a Bird Sing
We made spring bird feeders the other day. Crazy, I know, since there is still about 3 feet of snow on the ground, but we are beginning to see and hear some birds around! Since everything is still frozen, we decided to make bird feeders so our migrating friends won’t starve!
This method of making bird feeders has been around a long time, and was even put into song by Tom T. Hall in the early years of my life. (Scroll to the bottom to find out who he is!) Hubby even has a picture book that goes along with the record which he kept from his childhood!
…Here’s how to make friends with a bird…
Simple Spring Bird Feeders
The song on the record seems to imply you can just mix the birdseed and peanut butter together and spread it on the ground, but we used a method I used as a child since we have so many squirrels who are probably just as hungry as the birds (but a lot more annoying!)
It’s actually really simple, but the kids might need a little help. Make sure urge to have your workspace covered, and be prepared to sweep!
Empty toilet paper rolls
String or yarn
Surface covering (we used wax paper)
Shallow sided tray
Bird feeder Directions:
Spread a layer of birdseed in your tray, maybe 1/4″ deep.
Take your empty TP rolls and peanut butter and spread a layer of peanut butter all over the outer surface. You want this to be thick enough for the birdseed to stick.
Roll the covered toilet paper roll in the birdseed. Once it’s covered as well as can be, stand it up on end.
Take your yarn or string and thread it through the roll, carefully picking it up by sticking a few fingers in the hole and spreading them apart (at least, that’s the method we used). Make sure your yarn is long enough to loop through the toilet paper roll and tie around a branch.
Hang your bird feeder outside, preferably in a spot with little foot traffic, but maybe near a window so you can watch the birds quietly from inside!
Who is Tom T. Hall?
If you haven’t heard of Tom T. Hall, check his songs out! (not affiliate links) Simple, kid-friendly songs from the album Country Songs for Children have been playing in our cars since my kids were born.
Tom T. Hall is an American country music songwriter, singer, novelist and short story writer nicknamed “The Storyteller” (because he used his storytelling skills in his songwriting). He wrote songs for country stars like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings and Alan Jackson to name a few. You may have heard one he wrote, called Harper Valley PTA.
He also wrote and recorded childrens’ songs like Sneaky Snake, I care and more. (You can stream partial songs at Rhapsody.com (not an affiliate link) and then purchase at Amazon.com very inexpensively.