This is a little project that the kids and I whipped up for Mother's Day this year. It was super easy and the kids had fun helping me make them.
Supply List: 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 long threaded bolt, 4 washers, 4 nuts, ribbon or twill, silicone glue, drill.
Note: I can't tell you exactly what the long threaded bolt thing is but I found it at Home Depot in the nuts & bolts aisle. I bought the one that is 12 inches long.
Drill holes in your plate and bowl. This was easy as long as I had a wood block under them. I just used a piece of our Giant Jenga Game.
Once you've drilled your holes you can begin assembling your bird feeder. I started at the bottom. Thread from the end in this order: 1 nut, 1 washer, bowl, washer, nut. I started my first nut about 1 or 1.5 inches from the end. Add a little glue in between your nuts and tighten.
After we had the bowl on we worked on adding the plate. Working on the other end thread in this order: 1 nut, plate, 2 washers, 1 nut.
Before you tighten everything up you want to add your ribbon or twill between the 2 washers. I cut a small hole right in the middle of the ribbon and just threaded it onto the bolt between the 2 washers. Add a little glue and tighten it up.
Allow your glue to dry for a few hours, or a day and then fill your feeder with seed and hang it up. The Cardinals LOVE this feeder. I have it hanging right off the back patio and they are always up there eating off it.
National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids. It's filled with great facts about North American birds and the pictures are outstanding.