Make simple bird feeders from peanut butter, bird seed, cardstock, and string. Or, you can refresh an existing bird feeder as shown in the photo.

There are many complex recipes available for bird seed ornaments, but the peanut butter and bird seed combination is quite simple.

At one time there was concern that peanut butter was not safe to use, for fear that birds would choke, but now we are reassured that it is ok to give birds peanut butter. Of course, the fewer additives, the better. We are also reminded that peanut butter melts in hot weather. I tend to put my bird feeders out as early as February. I have spring birds that tend to come back a little too early and I feel sorry for them.

To make your bird feeder, cut card stock into a pretty shape and punch a hole at the top. Loop a string or ribbon through the hole, long enough to tie to a tree branch. Spread both sides of the cardstock with peanut butter, and then press into a bowl of bird seed. Hang the bird feeder where birds can easily access it. But hopefully not squirrels. I regret that slugs enjoy these too, so I’ve learned not to put them out during seasons when the sluggies are out too.

Now that we are spending so much time at home and indoors, we have LOVED having our bird feeders out. Our yard is attracting so many different types of birds and my entire family loves gathering at our living room window just to watch the birds. It’s also funny that this has attracted a lot of cats to our yard as well. The birds are too fast for the lazy house cats, but the cats like to watch too.

(Image credit: GeorgeB2 )

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