Bird Feeder Recipe Using Food Scraps
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Bird Feeder Recipe Using Food Scraps

This bird feeder recipe using food scraps is a great way to encourage birds to your garden and reduce food waste.  Stale bread, apple and pear cores or cereal no-one wants can all be added to this bird pudding which can then be hung outside in your favourite tree.

Try this easy DIY hanging bird feeder project using recycled materials.

Materials and Tools Needed

Sharp Stanley Knife (Paid link)

Kitchen String or Twine

Used Plastic Butter or Margarine Container

Old Button

Bird Pudding Ingredients

Bird Seed (Find this in the pet section of the supermarket or on Amazon.(Paid link))

Stale Bread

Apple or Pear Cores


Plain Flour

Sunflower Oil


Preparing the Container

First prepare the butter or margarine container by cutting a small hole in the centre of the bottom.  Push a length of string or twine through the hole long enough to tie around a branch of a tree.

Thread the string through the button holes then tie off so the button sits underneath the base of the container.  This will prevent the string from pulling through the base.

Creating the container for the hanging bird feeder.

Creating Bird Pudding

Next make the bird pudding.  You do not need exact amounts for this as it will depend on what you have on hand.  Put a few handfuls of bird seed in a large bowl then tear up the stale bread.  Add any cereal or fruit cores you have then mix together.

Add a few tablespoons of flour then a tablespoon of sunflower oil.  Mix together then add more flour and oil until the mixture holds together when squeezed in your hand.

Mixing together the food scraps for the bird feeder.

Forming the Hanging Bird Feeder

Press the mixture into your plastic container keeping the string in the middle.  Firm down well then place the container in the freezer for a few hours to firm.

Next take the mixture out of the freezer then carefully cut around the base with the Stanley knife.  Gently pull the top of the container up then discard.  You may need to cut up the side of the container if it is being difficult.

Cutting around the base of the bird feeder container.

Hang your bird feeder in a tree high enough so the cats can’t reach the birds. 

Finished hanging bird feeder using food scraps.


You could also create a bird bath using scrap materials with this guide to have nearby.

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Are you having problems with birds attacking your fruit trees? Try this DIY Bird Distractor. You might also like these DIY Project ideas or this Homesteading guide.

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