Earth Day Craft Idea: Make a Tin Can Bird Feeder!

Earth Day is fast approaching and I am a huge fan of getting kids involved in our efforts to go green.  If you think about it, children are the future of this planet and if we do not teach them how to be good stewards of the Earth, it will not survive for THEIR children to enjoy.  This Earth Day craft idea is a great way to get kids involved in repurposing a tin can while also providing food for the birds in your yard.  You can try hanging the bird feeder from a suction cup on the outside of the window so that you can get an up close and personal view of the birds while they eat.  I thought it would take a few days for our new feeder to be accepted by the bird community but within an hour of hanging it outside, we already had feathered visitors nibbling on some seed. This Earth Day, I hope you take a few minutes to reflect on ways to help reduce your family’s carbon footprint!  If you want to find another creative Earth Day craft, check out The Hufington Post!

Earth Day Craft Idea

earth day craft idea tin can bird feeder

Tin Can Bird Feeder

 

Supplies Needed:

One tin can, clean and label removed
Paint of assorted colors
Paint brushes and/or Qtips
Ribbon
Nail and hammer for punching a hole in the tin can
wooden dowel, approximately 6 inches long that is thick enough for a bird to perch on.
Hot glue gun
bird seed

Directions:

1.  After removing the label and cleaning the tin can, poke a hole in the base of the can using a hammer and large nail.  You want the hole to be closer to the outside edge of the can rather than near the center.

2.  Paint the can the desired color.   I used spray paint and needed 2 coats to completely cover the metal.

3.  After the solid coat of paint is dry, add whatever other elements you want to it using other colors of paint.  You can do polka dots, stripes, rainbows, or whatever strikes your fancy.

4.  When the paint is dry, you need to cut a piece of ribbon about 18 to 24 inches long and thread it through the hole in the base of the can.  Tie the two ends together to loop over a branch for hanging.

5.  Glue the dowel into the can to act as a perch.  Hold the can sideways so the hole you created in the base is at the top edge of the can.  You want to glue the dowel to the bottom surface of the can with the hot glue gun.

6.  When the glue is set, all you need to do is fill the can about half way with seed and hang it sideways from a branch.  Your Earth Day craft is finished and now you can sit back and watch the birds come in for a snack with your kids!

 

I hope you enjoy this Earth Day craft idea and encourage you to get your kids involved in saving the planet, one baby step at a time!

 

 

 

About Diane

Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

Comments

  1. Very cute! We love feeding the birds!
  2. Rachel @I Love My Disorganized Life says:
    Great idea!
  3. What a cute way to reuse those old tin cans! This looks like a great activity to do with my kids.I've added this page to my StumbleUpon. :)
  4. Abigail Kemp says:
    I recently did an activity with a group of Elementary students in our summer after school program where we painted tin cans to use as pencil holders, however the paint flaked off a day later. Do you recommend a specific type of paint that will adhere to the can and also hold up during the various seasons (We live in Michigan so the paint needs to endure exposure to both hot and cold temperatures)?

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