Make Your Own Lolly Stick Bird Feeder #BostikBlogger

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Our latest craft box could not have arrived at a better time; not only were we looking for things to do during several snow days but this month’s theme is “birds” – and they have definitely needed a helping hand over the last week.

There are lots of different bird feeders available to make, depending on how crafty you want to get but we stuck with a simple lolly stick design (you can find loads here).

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We used:

String.

Bostik White Glu.

35 (I think) wooden lolly sticks.

Bird seed.

Step one.

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We started by making the base by lining up all the sticks vertically and then gluing two more sticks horizontally across them. I tried not to worry too much about them being level (see, parenthood has chilled me out no end).

Step two.

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We then started layering the sticks. Freya seemed to really enjoy this bit and I think she would have built a tower-like feeder if I’d let her (and we had enough sticks). Before it gets too high you might want to add two sticks for the perch. We didn’t and doing it at the end was a bit more difficult. I left it all to dry overnight with a heavy book placed on the top.

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Step three.

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We tied string to each corner and then brought them together in the middle to make a knot.

Step four.

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Fill it with seed. If you have a four-year-old helping you, I would recommend doing this on a tray (note, no tray in this photo).

Step five.

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Find a nice tree to hang it from. We have lots of cats in our area so we wanted it up fairly high. Thank you to Mark for venturing out with our ladder in the snow. I would have done it but someone needed to take the photo.

We haven’t seen any birds use it as yet but hopefully they will once word gets out that our garden is the place to eat. As we didn’t spot any, Freya made her own paper plate bird.

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When it carried on snowing, I was a bit worried about how our feeder would hold up against The Beast From The East and so we also made some seed cakes using yoghurt pots as a mould to hang up with them.

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Luckily everything has survived and now the snow has gone – although there’s talk that it might come back later this month.

* Please note: We receive a craft box from Craft Merrily free of charge, as part of our role as Tots 100 Bostik Bloggers, in return for this post. 

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My Sunday Photo – Week 42.

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I’ve mentioned before how I am often followed by magpies (or, at least, that’s how it feels) and I thought this fellow sitting happily watching us on the gate was my “one for sorrow” for the day until I noticed his colouring.

Is it a crow? I wondered. But he looked a bit different. Maybe a Jacksaw? Rook? Raven? Instead of guessing I got the trusty bird guide out and I think he might be a carrion crow, although stand to be corrected.

While we are on the subject of birds. In contrast to the all black, this little one is called a superb starling (I’d have to agree with that).  It caught my eye when we visited Africa Alive and seemed very inquisitive.

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And to round off this birds post, I thought I’d show you what I mean about being followed by magpies. There is usually one or, if I’m lucky, two about (and not just at home but other places too) but one day we looked out of our living room window to see ALL the magpies (or 10 plus anyway). They were making a terrible racket too.

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Wishing you a fab week.
Photalife