Third in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a craft stick bird feeder. This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs in the series.
Webelos can use this project to attract birds to their backyards. Identifying and tracking the birds they see during a week’s time will complete Requirement 5 for the Naturalist activity badge.
Tigers and Wolves will fulfill electives with a bird feeder project. Tigers can mark off Elective 32, and Wolf Cub Scouts get credit for Elective 13. The project also completes Bear Cub Scout Requirement 5B.
With this design, the boys are basically making a platform for the bird seed. The idea came from Do Something Creative Daily. You’ll need craft sticks, glue, string, shortening or peanut butter and bird seed…
Start by placing two craft sticks parallel to each other. Glue two more sticks perpendicular to the first ones by putting a dab of glue at each end.
Allow the glue to dry then flip the structure over so that the platform is on the bottom. Tie a piece of string (approximately 24″ long) around the top sticks near the corners. Pull the strings up and tie them together so that you have a nice hanger.
Smear peanut butter or shortening on the platform. I prefer to use shortening because you don’t have to worry about a child’s allergies. Shortening can be substituted to make the bird feeder without peanut butter.
Sprinkle bird seed on top of the shortening. Make sure you do this outside or cover your work area with paper! Hang your bird feeder outside and watch for the birds!
Yours in Scouting,
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