I made three feeders the other day here in the visitor center in about an hour. I hung them up and waited for the birds to find them. About a week later they did. So far I have black-capped chickadees, with dark-eyed juncos gathering what's on the ground. The suet feeder is receiving a steady flow of magpie visitors.
Anyway, I decided this would be a fun event to do with some of the locals. Invite them to bring milk jugs, egg cartons, 2-liter bottles, etc. And show them how to make a very effective and very economical bird feeder. I may even do the pine cone rolled in peanut butter and mixed seeds. There are so many easy ways to help the birds out this winter.
The 16-oz. feeder with a plastic dish attached to the bottom, and a chickadee flying contentedly away.
So if you ever need a fun, and easy craft for the kids (or for yourself), one that will continue to add joy even after it's complete, try making a homemade bird feeder. You won't be disappointed.