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Make Your Own Bird Feeders

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Out of School Time Program Instructor John Capes and his helper Nicholas share how to make your own bird feeders with items you can find around the house!


For the bird feeder: You can use the peels from grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, avocados or just use a cup. You can also use a paper towel or toilet paper tube. Use molasses, peanut butter, or syrups for your tube. You may also use string to hang your bird feeder.

Bird food: Think of things that are healthy for birds to eat and digest. Mr. John used seeds, nuts, granola, dried fruits, and popcorn.

DIY bird feeders for Earth Day with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


  1. Clean out half of a fruit skin with a spoon.
  2. Fill your skins with your bird food.
  3. If you have some string you can poke a hole on each side of the skin with a screwdriver and run your sting through the holes. Tie a knot in the string and hang your feeder in a good bird viewing spot.
  4. Using a spoon, spread syrup, peanut, or molasses on your cardboard tube.
  5. Sprinkle bird food on the sticky surface.

Try different household items and bird seeds to see what the birds like best!

Have fun and happy birding!

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