Simple Bird Feeder

Birds that live in cities and in our backyards like to visit bird feeders. Providing seeds for birds helps them by providing them with easy to find food resources in the coldest months of the year. One of the simplest bird feeders you can make requires very few materials, which you probably already have at home.


  • Toilet paper or paper towel tube
  • Peanut butter or butter
  • Bird seed or a variety of nuts and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, peanut, etc.)
  • String, twine or yarn


  1. Spread peanut butter (or butter) onto the toilet paper or paper towel tube.
  2. Spread seeds onto a plate and roll the tube to cover it with seeds.
  3. Hang from a branch with string.

Ask Yourself

  • What birds do you commonly see in your yard at different times of the year?
  • After putting up your feeder, watch and observe to see what birds visit your feeder. What types of seeds do different birds like? (Tip: chickadees love sunflower seeds in the shell!)

Learn More

  • Join Project FeederWatch to participate in citizen science and contribute to information about birds in backyards!

  • Check out The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching to learn more about how to get started in the world of birding! Bird watching is a fun hobby for people of all ages to enjoy and is a great way to explore nature and the amazing wildlife around you.

  • There are almost endless ways to make a bird feeder. Look online for more ideas using milk jugs, juice cartons, popsicle sticks, pinecones, water bottles and more! Check out this page for lots of ideas, ranging from super simple to a little more crafty.