With the cold weather and snow the birds are on the hunt for food — and water. Here is a simple bird feeder you can make with items you have at home. The bird seed may be the only thing you don’t have but you can substitute uncooked oatmeal for the birdseed. It is a little less messy and the birds love it.
First cut a shape from a piece of cardboard, cardstock or something stiff. You can also use a stick or piece of wood. Then the birds will have a natural place to sit while they enjoy your special treat. :-)
Add a string, twine or a pipe cleaner for the feeder’s hanger.
Next you will need bird seed or oatmeal and something to use as “glue”. Nut butter or shortening work well as the "glue".
Shake off the excess — this can get messy so be sure to do it over a piece of paper or outside
Take your bird feeder outside and hang it from a branch on a tree or a place the birds can find it….and probably the squirrels as well. If you hang it near a window your child can watch the birds come and eat from their feeder.