Paper Plate Bird Feeder

Paper Plate Birdfeeder


Use a paper plate and paper towel roll to create a homemade bird feeder.

What You Need:

  • Small Paper Plates (cake or snack size)
  • Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Rolls
  • Paint
  • Yarn or Heavy Duty String
  • White Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Paint Brushes

What You Do:


  1. If using paper towel rolls, you may wish to cut them in half.
  2. Have the children paint and decorate a toilet paper roll and a small paper plate.
  3. Having a theme for the decorating is a good idea. We made ours during Thanksgiving time, so the children used fall colors to paint their bird feeders.
  4. Allow the rolls and the paper plates to dry slightly, then using the hole puncher, place three holes at one end of the roll, forming a triangle along the edge (these will be used to hang the feeder, so place them at equal height and at points that will help distribute the weight evenly).
  5. On the opposite end of the roll, cut two small half circles on opposite sides at the bottom of the roll (these will allow the bird seed to fall from the roll on to the plate.
  6. Glue the roll to the center of the plate with the small half circle openings on the bottom.
  7. Loop the string through the three holes on the top of the roll, fill with bird seed and place in a tree for the birds to enjoy (if even for a short time).


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