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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder Craft

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Make a fun popsicle stick bird feeder craft! This kids' activity is super easy for all ages. All you need are craft sticks, glue, and string.

bird feeders for cub scouts to make

This option in our “bird feeders for kids to make” series is a popsicle stick bird feeder.  This feeder is simple to make, but it will take a little longer than the other two designs because the glue will need to dry.

Want printable instructions? Just scroll on down!

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Supplies Needed for Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

How to Make a Bird Feeder with Popsicle Sticks

With this design, the Scouts are basically making a platform for the bird seed out of popsicle sticks.

Note:  If you're a new Cub Scout leader and you don't have a big box of craft sticks.  You're going to use them!  And make sure you get a box of the jumbo craft sticks too.

how to make popsicle stick bird feeder

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.

glue corners

You'll have a square at this point. Glue two more layers of sticks onto the first layer.

glue sticks on platform

At this point, place and glue sticks all the way across the top so that you have a platform.

Glue two more sticks perpendicular to the platform at each end.

Allow the glue to dry then flip the structure over so that the platform is on the bottom.

tie string on feeder

Tie a piece of string (approximately 24″ long) around the top sticks near each of the corners.

Pull the strings up and tie them together so that you have a nice hanger.

put shortening on bird feeder

Smear peanut butter or shortening on the platform. 

Since it can be substituted to make the bird feeder without peanut butter, I prefer to use shortening because you don't have to worry about a child's allergies.

popsicle stick bird feeder

Place the platform on a paper plate.

Sprinkle bird seed on top of the shortening.

Hang your bird feeder outside and watch for the birds!

diy bird feeder

Fulfill Cub Scout Requirements

In the Cub Scout program, the Tiger, Wolf, Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks have adventures where the Scouts need to learn about birds.  They can use this project to attract birds to their backyards to study them.

Here are the bird requirements:

Tiger AdventureMy Tiger Jungle 3:  Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult, or den, find out more about one of these birds.

Wolf AdventurePaws on the Path 6: Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.

Webelos & Arrow of Light Elective AdventureInto the Wild 3:  Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see,and write down where and when you saw them.

Webelos & Arrow of Light Elective Adventure – Into the Wild 6:  Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area.

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

craft stick bird feeder

Make a fun popsicle stick bird feeder craft! This kids' activity is super easy for all ages. All you need are craft sticks, glue, and string.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

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Instructions

    1. Start by placing two craft sticks parallel to each other.

      how to make popsicle stick bird feeder
    2. Glue two more sticks perpendicular to the first ones by putting a dab of glue at each end.

      glue corners
    3. You'll have a square at this point. Glue two more layers of sticks onto the first layer.

      glue sticks on platform
    4. At this point, place and glue sticks all the way across the top so that you have a platform.
    5. Glue two more sticks perpendicular to the platform at each end.
    6. Allow the glue to dry then flip the structure over so that the platform is on the bottom.
    7. Tie a piece of string (approximately 24" long) around the top sticks near each of the corners.

      tie string on feeder
    8. Pull the strings up and tie them together so that you have a nice hanger.
    9. Smear peanut butter or shortening on the platform. 

      put shortening on bird feeder
    10. Place the platform on a paper plate.
    11. Sprinkle bird seed on top of the shortening.

      popsicle stick bird feeder
    12. Hang your bird feeder outside and watch for the birds!

      diy bird feeder

Notes

Be sure the glue is completely dry before you put the shortening on the platform.

Bird Feeders for Kids to Make Series
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

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