Back to nature

Enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with Charlie and Justin as they enjoy a snack outside. Learn how to grow your own garden at home and create a simple bird feeder that will encourage local birdlife to visit your backyard.

Activity: Make your own bird feeder

Bird feeders are a wonderful way to attract birds to your garden particularly during the colder months. During winter the days are shorter, the nights are longer and foraging for food becomes more difficult. If you’d like to create your own bird feed just like Charlie and Justin, you can follow the instructions below. 

You will need

  • Toilet roll
  • Peanut, soy or sunflower butter
  • Wild bird seed
  • Length of twine
  • Popsicle (wooden craft) stick


Step 1: Using the popsicle stick cover the outside of the toilet roll with the peanut, soy or sunflower butter. If you don’t have a popsicle stick on hand you may also use a knife but make sure to be careful:

Step 2: Roll the toilet paper roll in the bird seed until covered:

Step 3: Thread a length of twine through the tube and tie the ends together in a knot.

Step 4: Hang the feeder for birds to enjoy:

Step 5: Take a photo and share your creation with us using our hashtags: #MelbourneMuseum and #MuseumAtHome

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