Homemade Natural Bird Feeder [Craft]

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homemade natural birdfeederMy kids love nature as most do. They are so fascinated with how the world works and how everything is intertwined. This summer my oldest son was on an animal kick. It probably started because we found a bunny nest in our backyard. There were four or so tiny baby bunnies hiding in one of our plants. They were so cute! Bet you can’t guess what my son ended up wanting for his birthday, can you? Yep! He wanted a bunny. So now we have Thumper. He’s a sweet, super soft bunny. You can totally tell the difference between him and the wild bunnies. The wild bunnies were so scared and didn’t want to have anything to do with us, but Thumper practically comes wagging his tail when he see’s us. I like to joke that he’s like a dog. 

Anyway, I told my son we could make a bird feeder and feed the wild birds in our backyard to keep in touch with nature. He liked that idea. 

He doesn’t have to worry about the wild bunnies going hungry either. Apparently, we are also feeding the wild bunny farm that is our neighborhood too because they keep stealing my tomatoes and strawberries. Next time I plant a garden I need to bunny proof. Chicken wire?? I’m not sure.

It’s super simple (way simpler than my Mario Room Mural) and quick (but just as quick as my Displaying Kids Artwork Craft) to make a natural bird feeder.


supplies for bagel birdfeeder

  1. Bird seed
  2. String
  3. Bagel
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Spoon/Knife
  6. Bowls


Get a bagel (a stale one would probably work the best but a fresh one would work too) and tie a piece of string on it. This is what you will use to attach the bird feeder to a tree.
bagel tied to string
Then, slather peanut butter all over it. This can be a little messy so I suggest making this an outside project.
peanut butter covered bagel
Pour some bird seed in a bowl and then dunk in the peanut butter covered bagel. Cover all of the peanut butter with bird seed and walla you now have a homemade natural bird feeder. Just hang it in  a tree and watch the birds go to town.
homemade natural bird feeder
Tip: I would suggest looking at the weather forecast to make sure there is no rain in sight. This bagel bird feeder won’t hold up in rain as you can imagine.


Krystle Cook - the creator of Home Jobs by MOM - put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.


  1. What a great idea, hubby would love to make this he loves bird feeders thanks for the idea……..

  2. I really like this idea for a bird feeder. We have made bird feeders with the same type of recipe but we put it on pinecones we found in the yard. But we will have to try the bagel as the base.

    • I wanted to a pinecone at first but it was summer and there were none around here. I will have to find some this winter and try it that way too 🙂

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    I am making this. I have bird feeders in my backyard and when winter comes the birds need more calories then just bird seed. 🙂

  4. What a great activity to do with your kids. Teaching a great lesson too. Stopping by from SITS SHAREFEST.Have a great weekend.

  5. This is so cute! I started feeding sparrows my organic raw sunflower seeds, and then wanted to get better at it. I’d love to try this!

    • Krystle says:

      What a great little healthy snack to feed them! If you like feeding the birds, there’s no doubt you’ll love this!

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