Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids (and the birds)

Three homemade bird feeders
homemade bird feeders shaped like hearts

These homemade bird feeders are perfect for Valentine’s Day!

In February while most of our garden beds are resting, our Global Gardens students are busy caring for  the elements of the garden, which are still actively working to grow — the birds.

Our students understand that this is the time of year when much of what a bird eats, (berries, seeds, etc), are not in abundance and prove quite difficult to locate. The kids eagerly want to help them out and quickly get to work making lots of homemade bird feeders.

Below, you will find some of our favorite bird food projects that students create to hang in the gardens, and for which our winged friends are always very grateful.

We at Global Gardens encourage you and your family to join in the cause and make some of these feeders for the bird friends around your garden, house and neighborhood this month, too. You will, no doubt, be rewarded with a couple of sweet little songs coming from the trees for your effort!

HEART TARTS

What you will need

  • Cardboard
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Spoon/Knife
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Dried fruit/berries
  • Yarn/string

Directions:

  1. Use a marker to draw a heart shape on your piece of cardboard.
  2. Cut out the heart. Depending on your child’s age, parents may need to help.
  3. Use end tip of scissors to poke a hole at the top of your heart.
  4. Thread a long piece of yarn or string through the hole and tie back to the other end of  the yarn to make a loop to hang the heart.
  5. Use a spoon or knife to smear peanut butter all over your cardboard heart.
  6. Sprinkle birdseed and berries over the heart. You can even use the dried berries to write a word or two to your birds!
  7. Hang your creation from a tree or fence.
  8. Watch your birds come flying!

LUNCH LOOPS

What you will need

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Ruler
  • Cheerios/Fruit Loops
  • Yarn/string

Directions:

  1. Take a pipe cleaner from the bag and measure about 2.5 inches from the end. Bend the pipe cleaner at this point so that cereal won’t fall off when you string.
  2. Begin stringing Cheerios onto your pipe cleaner. Leave about 2.5 inches for the end.
  3. Once finished stringing, twist ends of pipe cleaners together to secure in a circle, or tie ends together.
  4. Take outside and hang on branches or twist tie onto gates or anything else you can attach them to.
  5. These add sweet bits of color to any outdoor area.

SEED STICKS

What you will need

  • Sticks (approx. 12-14 in)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Peanut butter
  • Spoon/Knife
  • Birdseed
  • Dried fruit/berries
  • Yarn/string

Directions:

  1. Take a stick and use a long piece of yarn/string to tie each end to an end of the stick so you will be able to hang it later in your garden, and a bird will also be able to perch on it.
  2. Spread birdseed and dried berries onto your cookie sheet.
  3. Use a knife to smear peanut butter all over the stick.
  4. Once it’s sufficiently smeared, roll your peanut butter stick back and forth on the cookie sheet to cover in birdseed and berries.
  5. Carry it by the yarn/string outside and hang securely from branches.
  6. Watch your birds enjoy your gift!