How to... Make a camouflage bird feeder; An empty juice carton can easily become a haven for birds in the winter. Decorate it however you like, but we love this leafy design - it will blend in perfectly with the foliage in your garden.
Byline: WORDS: MELANIE HANCILL
YOU WILL NEED:
Empty milk or juice carton 3 shades of green tissue paper Scissors PVA glue Bird seeds Two small sticks Wire or string
1 Wash and dry your empty carton, then carefully cut out a large oval shape on two opposite sides, about halfway up the carton.
2 Make a few very small holes in the bottom - big enough to let rainwater out, but not the small seeds.
3 Cut out leaf-shaped strips of tissue paper, then cover your carton with PVA glue and stick the leaves onto it at different angles, overlapping them, until the whole carton is covered. Apply a final coat of PVA glue to act as a rain barrier, and leave to dry.
4 Pierce a hole in the carton 2cm under each oval you've already cut out, then insert a stick into each one for birds to perch on.
5 Fill the carton half-full with bird seed - not too full that it will spill out.
6 Create another small hole in the top of the carton and tie wire or string through it. Then hang your creation on a tree, fence or washing line.
DON'T FORGET! Top up your feeder once the seed supply gets low.
You can also use plastic bottles for this. Leave them clear so you can see the seeds, or cover them with tissue paper in the same way.
WHERE TO PUT YOUR BIRD FEEDER
Place your feeder at adult eye level in a secluded area of the garden where cats and squirrels are less likely to get to the seeds, or scare away birds.