Make a DIY Bird Feeder with Recycled Paper

This bird feeder is inexpensive, simple to create and great projects for kids on snowy days. Grab a few supplies and get crafting!

This craft is a fun way to get kids excited about birding.


  • Water
  • Newspaper (about 10 pages, cut into strips)
  • Wire hanger
  • Bucket
  • Duct tape
  • Fishing line
  • Beads
  • Strainer
  • Window screen
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Decorative Suet Ball Feeder

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1

Fill a bucket half full with water and add newspaper strips. Allow the paper to soak for about 15 minutes. Then squish and roll the paper in your hands to extract the water. Repeat this process a few times until the paper is in very small pieces.

Step 2

Use duct tape to attach a window screen to the top of the bucket.

Step 3

Rinse the small pieces of paper a few more times by pouring it over the screen to remove most of the water. Squish and roll it again and put it into a clean bucket of water. Repeat until most of the ink is washed away.

Step 4

Pour the paper over your screen one last time. Allow it to sit for a while so most of the water is removed. You want it wet, but not so wet it won’t mold into your shape. Begin shaping your paper into a softball-sized heart (or a different shape of your choice). The base of your paper feeder should be about an inch thick. Allow it to dry.

Step 5

Drill a hole in the top of each side of the heart. Thread a piece of fishing line through one hole, tie and add beads. Thread the line through the other hole and tie.

Smooth peanut butter across each side and sprinkle with birdseed.

Step 6

Spread peanut butter on each side of the paper heart feeder and dip into seed. Then just hang it up! Next, learn how to make a pine cone bird feeder.

Create more shapes, like moons and stars. String cranberries or popcorn instead of beads to the fishing line. Use your imagination and make this feeder your own!