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Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Using easy-to-find and affordable supplies, this kid-friendly craft will be a favourite of your feathered friends.

By Jennifer Pinarski

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Step 1: Materials

For a festive twist on homemade bird feeders, use a pre-made gingerbread house as a base for your feeder. I especially like this bird feeder because it is biodegradable!
 
Materials
-Pre-made gingerbread house
-Peanut butter. Solid vegetable shortening, such as Tenderflake, may be substituted if your crafters have nut allergies. Avoid using natural peanut butter, it is too oily and the seeds will not stick. Inexpensive generic brands work best.
-Spoon or spatula for spreading peanut butter
-Yarn
-Sharp knife
-Bird seed

Craft: Gingerbread bird feederPhotos by Jennifer Pinarski

Step 2: Preparing the bird feeder

Using a sharp knife, poke a hole in the gingerbread.

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Step 3: Threading the yarn

Thread yarn through the hole and tie a knot.

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Step 4: Spreading the peanut butter

Spread a generous amount of peanut butter or solid vegetable shortening on a piece of gingerbread.

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Step 5: Sprinkling the birdfeed

Sprinkle birdseed on the peanut butter.

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

Step 6: Voila!

Hang up your bird feeder.

Side note: These bird feeders are not squirrel-proof. If you'd prefer only birds to enjoy your feeders, thread a metal pie plate onto the yarn before your hang the feeder up, so that the pie plate covers your feeder like an umbrella.

Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

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Craft: Gingerbread bird feeder

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