When Christmas was over and it was time to get rid of our tree, I wasn’t quite ready to part with it. My husband fell ill over the Christmas holiday, and so I felt as though I didn’t get to celebrate a proper Christmas last year, and it was a little difficult for me to move on and embrace the new year.
It was then that I had the idea of putting our tree in our backyard as a little “keepsake” until the winter season was over. The girls received bird seed as a stocking stuffer (with the intent of finding a nice bird feeder in the near future), so I thought it would be fun to make some homemade bird feeders to hang on our little balsam tree. I came across an idea online for homemade bird feeders that seemed easy to make using items we have available in the house.
We eat so many oranges during this season, and it always seems a shame to have to throw the peels into compost every time, so I was glad that we were able to extend their life a little bit with these feeders (likewise with all the toilet paper rolls we recycle or compost). It always feels good to be able to use food waste or compost materials one or two more times before throwing them into the bin!
My oldest daughter had so much fun helping me with these and they turned out well! The good news is that we can make these bird feeders again at any time.
Toilet Paper Roll and Orange Peel Bowl Bird Feeder Tutorial
- toilet paper roll
- orange peel bowls (cut orange in half, scoop out flesh with grapefruit spoon. you can choose to let the bowls dry out a bit if you’d like)
- hole punch
- bowl (for bird seed)
- peanut butter
- bird seed
Steps to making handmade bird feeders
- Using a hole punch, punch a hole on either side of the paper roll and bowls
- Cut string for your feeders (about 6-8″)
- Spread peanut butter on toilet paper roll with a spatula (careful not to cover holes)
- Put string through a hole on one side of the roll; tie; do the same on the other side; repeat with orange bowls
- Either roll toilet paper roll in bird seed or carefully pour bird seed over peanut butter (hold paper roll over bowl to catch excess seeds)
- Add 2 scoops ( ~2Tbsp, depending on size) of bird seed into your orange peel bowls
- Carefully carry them to designated hanging spot and hang: on your porch, on your trees, or maybe some trees at the park or around your neighborhood!
This is a simple craft that you can do in just minutes when you’re stuck inside on snowy or rainy days. I really like that these bird feeders can be made from items you probably already have on hand. I think they would even be cute as little gifts for grandparents or teachers! And the birds will definitely thank you for giving them some food this cold season!