Create a Recycled Bird Feeder

Last updated: August 10, 2020, at 2:53 p.m. PT

Originally published: April 27, 2020, at 8:36 a.m. PT

Homemade tin can bird feeder hanging outside

The animals in western Washington state are more active than ever, especially birds! Adding a feeder into your yard, patio, or deck is a great way to observe and learn about the birds in your neighborhood. And we've got an easy and fun way to use items in your recycle bin to make a bird feeder at home for our feathery friends.

Supplies Needed

  • Tin can
  • Decorations and whatever you need to attach them (glue/tape)
  • Tape
  • String or ribbon to hang 
  • Bird seed


  1. Remove the paper label from an empty tin can that has been cleaned out and the lid/sharp edges removed. Ask an adult for help. 
  2. Decorate the outside of your can. We used construction paper, buttons, and colored pencils, but paint, crayons, or cut up magazines would work well, too.
  3. Attach the string to the can. Tape one end to the bottom of the can and the other on the inside of the edge of the top of the can.
  4. Fill with bird seed and hang outside for a bird to enjoy!
Category: Camp Activity