How to Make a Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeder Fun and Simple Craft for Kids

I love toilet paper rolls! There are probably one million ways you can reuse empty toilet papers rolls. For example, you can make a rocket ship like this one or you can make a bunny. Since Earth Day is approaching, I decided to use my empty toilet paper rolls to teach my kids how to make a bird feeder. A homemade bird feeder is a simple and fun craft that is perfect for kids of all ages to make and it is a great way to open up a discussion on how we can all help the Earth.

How to Make a Bird Feeder

To make a home made bird feeder you only need a few simple items. You need a plastic container to hold the bird seeds, a bag of bird seeds, empty toilet paper rolls, peanut butter (crunchy or creamy), yarn, scissors and a spoon.


Have an adult poke a hole on each side of the top of the empty toilet paper roll. Cut around 6 inches of yarn and then thread the yard through the holes.

Thread the Yarn

Once the yarn has been threaded into the holes, you will then push the yarn into the empty toilet paper roll. Now get ready to get messy! Scoop some peanut butter on to the back of the spoon and spread all over the toilet paper roll.

Spread Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

Once the toilet paper roll is covered in peanut butter, you will then roll it into the bird seeds. Once it is rolled, you may need to sprinkle more seeds onto the roll to cover it completely.

Roll in Bird Seeds

Final Bird Seed

When the toilet paper roll is completely covered in bird seeds, give it a little shake to remove the excess seeds. You will then find a tall branch and tie a knot around it. Then sit back and watch the birds.

Simple Bird Feeder

What do you like to make out of toilet paper rolls? Will you be celebrating Earth Day?


  1. Paula Schuck says

    This would be a great project to do with kids. I will have to share this with my friends.

  2. What a great DIY project. I would love to do this with my son so he could see the fruits of his labor and watch the birds come by and eat!

  3. That is so much fun! We have a lot of different birds where we live, so I’ll definitely be doing this with the kids.

  4. That is a great idea! I never thought of using a toilet paper roll to do this. We love to do little projects at our house so this would be right up my alley! Thank you for sharing this!

  5. Ann Bacciaglia says

    This is such a simple way to make a cute bird feeder. I will have to make some of these with the kids this weekend.

  6. I don’t do anything, but I really should, especially since I have two little ones and no short supply of toilet paper rolls.

  7. This is so cute. I always thought it required more ingredients.

  8. That is the cutest bird feeder! I’m going to make one too! It sure beats throwing away the roll when you can make it into something with a purpose! 🙂 Thanks!

  9. I remember making these when I was younger! Great idea to make one with my son.

  10. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have heard of a similar bird feeder that used honey instead of peanut butter, but I think I might like the peanut butter idea better!

  11. This is really nice, I would love to make my own bird feeder; I love having on out in the back and seeing all the beautiful birds that come to eat!

  12. I always love having bird feeders within view of my window. We get such pretty birds in our backyard.

  13. Hi Aimee, This is fabulous – I saved your directions as a reminder – I have just the place to hang it – so the little squirrels don’t get it and we’d have to bring it in at night because I’ll bet it would attract the bears – but so much fun 🙂 Thank you

  14. My yard is so filled with birds right now. I’ll have to make some of these with the girls.

  15. How cute! This is a fun project I know my kids would love to do! The birds around here would love it too!

  16. I love watching the birds in my yard. This could be a really fun project!!

  17. That is a cute idea. We make a variation of these – a pine cone bird feeder instead of the toilet paper tube. Both great ways to recycle!

  18. Very cool! Honestly, I give empty toilet paper rolls to my dog. She LOVES to play with them, for some reason LOL

  19. We don’t do much with tp rolls. We are in the middle of our apartment having a makeover and I am busy with that today. I know my daughters class is making some yummy deserts involving gummy worms and dirt cake.

  20. Oh my, I would have never thought to make one myself. We used to have a great bird feeder at our house in NC, but we bought it and I would just fill it up every other day with the food. But this looks great!

  21. Oh, I remember making these when my kids were little! Such a great idea and I may have to make one myself in honor of Earth Day!

  22. I think this is one of the cutest activities you can do with your kids and on earth day too!

  23. This is such an easy way to make a bird feeder. We actually have a nature preserve near us and exotic birds often visit our front yard.

  24. Wow! This brings back so many memories! I loved making bird feeders as a kid!

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