April 22nd is Earth Day and in celebration the kids and I decided to do a little craft. We settled on a popsicle stick bird feeder, mostly because we had a lot of popsicle sticks making a mess of our craft closet and Minnie was stealing them every chance she got.
To complete this project you will need:
40 to 50 popsicle sticks
Markers, stampers, glitter, paint etc. for decorating
Drop cloth or paper to protect your work area
Helpful 4 year old to complete the messy gluing
First we laid out a row of popsicle sticks side by side and glued 2 stick across them to hold the row together like in the image below. Move the square aside to dry.
Next, stack and glue sticks creating a box. Overlap corners to keep the walls of your bird feeder sturdy.
We stacked our bird feeder about 7 popsicle sticks high. This is also about the time my helpful helper remembered she had Easter candy she could be eating and left her post.
After the glue dried I glued the bottom of the feeder to the box and hot glued some twine to the bottom to hang the feeder from when it was complete.
At this point my helper had enough candy to continue with decorating the bird feeder with some Crayola Stampers.
When we were done, we tied the lengths of twine together, filled the feeder with bird seed and hung it in the back yard near a window so we could watch the birds stop in for a snack.
How are you celebrating Earth Day this year? I hope you enjoy making a bird feeder with your own kiddos and watching the birds!
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