You probably have realized by now if you’re a regular reader, that when it comes to crafts, some of my favourites are quick, easy, and inexpensive. Oh I do often have a silk ribbon embroidery or crochet project on the go that I pick up here and there but there’s something so gratifying about being able to sit down and in under half an hour, create a project from beginning to end. This especially comes in handy when it comes to kids’ crafts. Now my grand niece C can sit down and craft and craft and craft and craft for hours on end. Her brother J? Not so much. He’s always got so many things on the go at once in that busy brain of his, that he prefers a craft that he can get done in no time so he can move on to the next adventure.
That is one of the reasons why I love to take part in these Craft Lightning challenges. It fits so well into my own life and that of the people I spend the most time with. So here we go with another great round- this one is focused on Scout crafts. This craft stick bird feeder is ideal for a group craft for the reasons mentioned above – it’s quick (you can make it in about 15 minutes minus the glue drying time), easy to make, and so inexpensive. So, it’s perfect for scout groups, Vacation Bible school, camps, and more.
Supplies needed for each craft stick bird feeder:
Craft sticks (popsicle sticks) – approximately 40 but it’s always best to have a few extras because sometimes there are a few warped ones in the batch and sometimes you have to adjust because different brands are slightly different sizes. one jumbo craft stick (tongue depressor). some string or twine to hang the bird feeder up with, a pair of scissors, and some glue. I found this Turbo Tacky glue from Aleene’s worked great and dried really quickly but any old white glue will do in a pinch.
Easy Step by Step Tutorial for Your Craft Stick Bird Feeder:
Step One: Lay out 10-12 crafts sticks side by side. They don’t have to be lined up perfectly – just as close as possible without driving yourself crazy! You want enough to essentially equal the length of a craft stick because you’re going to use a couple of sticks to keep it all together as seen above.
Step Two: Now you’re going to start building the “layers” (the sides). You’re creating the layers on the “other side” – not the side where you glued your stabilizing sticks. You want to put a popsicle stick on each side vertically. And then one on each side horizontally. (It doesn’t matter if you start vertically or horizontally as long as you keep alternating). Only do one “layer” to start with because we’re going to insert the perch before continuing.
Step Three: Glue the large craft stick/tongue depressor on and then continue building your layers. I ended up with 6 sticks on two sides and 7 on the other two. You can continue as high as you want – just be sure it’s deep enough to hold the birdseed but not so deep that the birds will have a hard time reaching it.
This is what the top and bottom of the bird feeder will look like when you’ve got two “layers” of sticks built up on it.
Final step: Add some string or twine so you can hang up your bird feeder. I simply tied 4 pieces together in a knot and glued that knot to the bottom of the feeder. I did one where I used a thinner string (more like fishing line) and glued it within the layers as I built the feeder but that is a bit more complicated and finicky for kids to manage. There are multiple ways to hang this up and if you want an additional project to do with the kids, a simple macrame hanger for it would be fantastic too.
That’s it! Super simple right?
You can click on the image below to see even more great ideas for Scout crafts in this round of Craft Lightning.