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Children’s Crafts — Make a Bird Feeder

By Fredrica Syren:

Bella’s school encourages the kids to make homemade cards and gifts to give away for special occasions, so for this Valentine’s Day we made bird feeders.  It was easy and fun and did not cost a whole lot, either.  We hand crafted 18 bird feeders and Valentine’s cards in only 2 hours (a perfect activity for Noah’s 2-hour morning nap).

The base for the feeder is a large pinecone.  We picked ours from a large tree in our neighborhood.  (We’re using any leftovers in the fireplace: they make a very nice blaze and smell great.)  This project is a little messy, but the kids will love it.

Supplies needed:

  1. 1 jar of natural peanut or almond butter —  If someone has a nut allergy you can use honey instead.
  2. Large pine cones
  3. 1 small bag of bird seeds
  4. Paper bags to place feeders in — Let the child be creative here and decorate the bag first with colors, beads or stickers, etc.
  5. Metal wire or strings to wrap around the top of feeder and to hang the feeder

How to assemble:

  • Place seeds in a large bowl.
  • Attach the wire or string around the top of the pinecone.
  • Use a spatula to spread a thin layer of nut butter around and into the nooks.
  • Roll the pinecone into the birdseeds, making sure the seeds cover all sides.
  • Carefully lift the bird feeder by the wire or string and place in a bag.
  • Repeat until they are all completed.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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