We made a DIY bird feeder for winter; now try this easy cardboard bird feeder for Spring! Studying nature and natural life is a rewarding environmental science activity to set up for kids, and learning how to care for and give back to nature is equally important. Plus, download our free printable bird pack below. Make your own super simple homemade bird feeder from a toilet paper roll and add this fun bird-watching activity to your kid’s day!


DIY Bird Feeder

Get ready to add this easy DIY bird feeder to your activities or lesson plans this Spring. While you are it, make sure to check out more of our favorite spring activities for kids.

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Our kids activities are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind. Easy to set up, quick to do, most will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun! Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home.

Make these simple cardboard tube bird feeders, and hang them off the porch or a tree branch for the birds to enjoy! This would also make a great Earth Day activity for kids.

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    Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder


    • Cardboard tube (like a clean toilet paper roll)
    • Peanut butter
    • Birdseed
    • String
    • Scissors
    • Bamboo skewer
    • Butter knife

    In case you are wondering, yes peanut butter is safe for birds to eat! Peanut butter is a high protein food source for birds and they can eat any of the types that we do.



    STEP 1. Using the scissors or a skewer, create a small hole at the top and bottom of each side of the cardboard tube. 

    STEP 2. Then through the top set of holes, tie one end of the string to each side.


    STEP 3. Through the bottom set of holes, push the bamboo skewer through to make a resting perch for the birds.


    STEP 4. Pour birdseed into a shallow dish. Get the birdseed to stick to the cardboard by using the peanut butter.

    Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of peanut butter over the cardboard tube. Immediately roll the tube in birdseed or press birdseed against the sides.


    Hang your bird feeder outside on a dry day for your neighborhood birds to enjoy!

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    1. I love this idea! Would it be possible for me to share this idea with the students from our small Montessori school? During the school closing time we are using the Seesaw website and its private to our parents. I will be glad to give you and your website credit also with the post. Thank you so much for considering this. Karyn Dieffenderfer

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