It's winter here in Michigan and that seriously limits the activities that my little guy and I can do. Many days we get stuck inside the house because of the frosty temperatures and snow.
One thing we really like to do while we're cooped up is watch the birds through the kitchen window. There are many different species that stay around or migrate in from Canada throughout the winter months here.
Food is harder to find for birds with snow on the ground, so what better way to invite them to my window than to offer free breakfast and lunch?
Here's how to make an easy bird feeder from an empty coffee can.
Take a tin coffee can that's been washed out and save the lid(s), you'll need those later. You want to make sure you do this with a tin can rather than one made of cardboard so it will hold up outside.
Take the label off. Try to get all the stuck on pieces. If you're having trouble, use a little alcohol on a paper towel and it will come off easily for you.
Next poke two small holes in the middle of the can. To do this, I used a nail and a hammer. If the can gets misshapen while making the holes just push it back to a circle once you're done.
Now pick your paint colors and decorate! I used acrylic craft paint to decorate mine.
Next, spray the can with a clear protective coat.
Cut the plastic lid to the can in half and place one half on each end of the can. Use some hot glue to attach it securely. Now the bird seed with stay safe inside the can and not pour out all over the ground.
Run a piece of twine through the holes and tie the ends in a tight knot.
Pull the twine up, throw in a couple cups of bird seed, hang in a tree, and wait for the your feathered friends to come!