Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Bird Feeder from Family Fun

For whatever reason for Scouts this month, my partner and I have really zoomed in on birds. Probably because it is Spring and they are everywhere and it helps pass of a requirement and elective and goes toward getting their conservation patch. (For you non-scouting people, I am sure that all means nothing to you.)

Anyway, my partner found this on the Family Fun website and this is what we are doing for our next meeting. I have found doing simple projects like these are really are fun and keep the boys happy and busy and less likely to break something in my house. :)

Clean 1-liter soda bottle
Craft knife
2 wooden spoons
small eye screw
Length of twine for hanging
Time needed: Under 1 Hour
1. Start by drawing a 1/2-inch asterisk on the side of a clean 1-liter soda bottle, about 4 inches from the bottom. Rotate the bottle 90 degrees and draw another asterisk 2 inches from the bottom. Draw a 1-inch-wide circle opposite each asterisk, as shown.

2. Use a craft knife to slit the asterisk lines and cut out the circles (a parent's job). Insert a wooden spoon handle first through each hole and then through the opposite asterisk, as shown.

3. Remove the bottle cap and twist a small eye screw into the top of it for hanging.

4. Finally, fill your feeder with birdseed, recap it, and use a length of twine to hang it from a tree.


love.boxes said...

What a great idea.

If I had the scouts calling I think I would love it.. but I don't think I would love having 8 eight-year-old boys at my house (my sister and sister-in-law both had that calling so I've heard tales). Finally someone who got the calling in our ward insisted upon the meetings being held at the church and it stuck. Hooray for everyone ever after.

Queen Elizabeth said...

Great idea! I have a bag-o-birdseed sitting in my basement because I tried a different "Family Fun" bird feeder idea that did NOT work... this one looks much bettah. THanks!

Jane Anne said...

AH the memories of Cub Scouts!!

Gabriela said...

That is a super cute project. I should make one because Pedro LOVES birds and they often land up on our roof.

glad your eye is ok! Thanks for warning me that might happen and for doing my freaking out for me. :)