Hello PHG readers! I’m Larissa coming to share with you from my spot in the blogosphere, Prodigal Pieces, where DIY is the name of the game. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a special treat for our feathered friends. The best part is that this can be a family fun activity to do AND to give as a gift (think Christmas).
We are avid bird lovers in our home and were delighted when a friend of mine gave us this bird feeder made from a piece of firewood and rope. How easy is that?
What a delight it is too see our tree clinging birds (nuthatches, tufted titmice, and woodpeckers) come for a visit and see their excitement at the treat they’ve found, especially the birds that overwinter. Did you know that migratory birds will remember your home the next time they’re passing through and will come back again year after year if you continue to provide nourishment for them? It’s like a reunion each spring and winter. Fun!
So, lets grab some materials and get ready to create!
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- a large chunk of branch or firewood about 3-4″ diameter and 16″ long (this can vary)
- 1/4″ diameter rope
- 1″ spade bit
- 5/16″ drill bit
We are blessed, in my opinion, to have a fireplace, so we always have a stash of firewood on hand. For your log, you can use a downed branch or head to your own stash to grab a piece of wood.
The tree-clingers prefer a chunky bark, but most any tree variety will do.
Clamp your log and keep your hand clear from the drill bit. Wear appropriate eye protection.
To start, use a 1″ spade bit to drill a hole approximately 1/2″ deep, 2 inches down from the top.
Drill a second hole on the same face about 6″ below the first.
Roll the log a quarter turn and drill in the next face starting with the first hole about 5″ from the top and then a second hole 6″ below that one. (This does not have to be exact and give a more rustic feel when randomly chosen.)
Repeat those steps until you have two sets of matching faces on opposing sides.
Drill your rope hole using a 5/16″ bit. Starting on the face that has the first hole 5″ down, drill your rope hole 2″ from the top, making sure to go completely through the log.
Cut a 2′ or longer piece of rope and thread it into the hole. If you turn the rope in the direction of the braid (counter-clockwise) while inserting it, that will help the rope go through smoothly.
Once through, tie the rope in a basic knot.
On to the fun part! Birds burn a ton of protein flitting about, so they need to store up as much as they can. We prefer to use a chunky peanut butter and then roll it in seeds like this.
Grab a tablespoon of peanut butter and place it in a bowl of bird seed.
Then sprinkle the peanuter butter with seed.
After coating with the seed, press the mixture into the holes using the back of a spoon, or if you’re nutty like me (catch the pun?) it’s more fun to use your fingers.
The kids love this part!
You’re done and it’s ready to hang. Yay!
For a fun twist, and if you’re feeling handy, you could also add dowels for other species to be able to roost at each hole, but for this project I kept it simple.
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