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
Tin Can Bird Feeder
One tin can, clean and label removed
Paint of assorted colors
Paint brushes and/or Qtips
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
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!