Recycled Bird Feeders and Oral Health

>> Thursday, June 4, 2015

It’s finally spring! After the long, cold winter we had, I’m so much enjoying the warmer, sunnier weather and being outdoors again. This is our first spring in our new house, and we’ve already noticed that we get many more critters over here than we did at our last place.

Since our property backs up to a creek, we’ve especially noticed a greater variety in birds flying around. We thought it would be fun to set up a few feeders in trees so Ada could get more up close and personal. I started shopping around, but then quickly remembered making birdhouses and feeders out of old milk cartons when I was a kid. I thought this project would be fun for Ada to help me with as we begin to enjoy this new season.


Clean out a used milk or juice container. We used this lemonade one, and I like how it has the round cap for eventually hanging the bird feeder in a tree. I even used the artwork to guide my cuts in the next step.


Cut out access points/windows using an X-ACTO knife or scissors. I strongly suggest the adults do this part because cutting through cardboard can be tricky. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it. Just create enough space so a bird can go inside. You’ll want at least one window, but you can make as many as you like of all different shapes and sizes.


(Optional) Paint your bird feeder. I used a thin coat of some leftover indoor/outdoor spray paint we had in the basement. You can also just leave your container as is or paint using something that won’t immediately wash off. I’ve also seen people use colored tapes, buttons, twigs, etc.


Use string to feed through the top spout and then through a hole you can poke in the back for hanging. I used some yarn, but I think twine might work best.


Fill with bird food. We purchased a good amount at our Christmas Tree Shops for less than $2. Just spoon the food into the bird feeder until it’s full. You can also add a perch if you like, but in my experience, the birds do fine either way.

And then you’re done! We’ve had ours up since the very first days of spring (when there was still even some snow on the ground!) and it’s holding up great!

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I’m actually quite self-conscious about my teeth. I was born with low tooth enamel due to a medication my mom took for hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy. It was black boxed several months after she had finished her dosage. Anyway, I need to be particularly careful about my oral hygiene (we all should), which is why I’ve decided to share this information with you in this campaign.

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