For parents wondering what to do this weekend, one fun way to spend an afternoon with your kids is starting an arts and crafts project that is not only easy to follow but also rewarding in the weeks to follow. I’m talking about making DIY birdseed ornaments, something your kids can watch become less covered due to all the birds they are feeding.
These ornaments can be cut into any shape your child wants: a circle, star, square, the first letter of the kid’s name, etc., preferably one that would give birds something to perch on while dining on birdseed. All this project takes is some thinner cardboard (maybe from a cereal box), peanut butter (Audubon Society guarantees it is bird-friendly), and, of course, birdseed. So, if you’re ready, let’s get it going!
Material and Tools
- Thin cardboard, i.e. from cereal boxes
- Sizable cookie cutters or similar templates
- Safe, edible bird spread, such as peanut butter
- Tapestry needle or small nail
- Floral wire
Directions for Birdseed Ornaments
- To begin, flatten out the cardboard. Then, take your cookie cutter or other template and draw the shape that you want with the pencil.
- Now, trace a circle that is around 1 1/2 inches in diameter. With the scissors, cut the shape out as well as the small circle in the center. It should be noted that if you are doing this crafts project with a child, you should be the one to take the needle, nail, or scissors and pierce the center circle, which can help to cut it out.
- With the needle or nail, pierce a hole into the upper part of your cardboard shape (for hanging the ornament). Again, only adults should do this if any kids involved are under the age of ten. Then, thread a strand of the floral wire right through the small hole you just made before twisting the wire to close.
- Once the ornament outline is ready, pour out some of your birdseed onto a dish or tray. Take the cardboard and spread a fine layer of your chosen bird spread (remember: peanut butter sticks and isn’t harmful) onto the shape. Press the cardboard onto the tray of birdseed, ensuring that you cover every centimeter of space you can. Lift the cardboard up and turn it over to drop any excess birdseed.
- Set the ornament onto a baking sheet with wax paper on it. If you want to, repeat this process for the opposite side.
- From here, take the birdseed ornaments outside, hang them up on the front porch or on a nearby tree, and watch until the birds start showing up!
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