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Top 10 Homemade Christmas Gifts for Bird Lovers

With the holiday season upon us, finding the perfect gift for someone who loves birds can be a delightful challenge. While store-bought presents are always a good option, there’s something truly special about receiving a handmade gift. In today’s blog, we’ll explore the top 10 homemade Christmas gifts for bird lovers, providing step-by-step tutorials to guide you through each creation.

1.Pinecone Bird Feeders

Transforming a plain pinecone into a bird feeder is a lovely gift idea that will attract feathered friends to the recipient’s backyard. All you need is a pinecone, peanut butter, birdseed and string. First, remove the dirt and debris from the pinecone and trim off any loose scales. Tie a string securely around the top of the pinecone, and leave a long enough tail so that you can tie it to a branch. Use the knife or spreader to coat the cone with a layer of peanut butter, make sure to cover all the nooks and crannies. Next, roll the pinecone in the birdseed in the shallow dish, pressing gently to ensure it sticks. Once the pinecone is evenly coated with birdseed, it’ll be done!



2.Wreath Feeder

Crafting a bird feeder wreath using materials such as grapevines, birdseed and fresh foliage can be an excellent way to decorate while attracting birds to the backyard. Take the wire wreath frame and attach grapevines or pinecones to it using floral wire or zip ties. If desired, thread dried fruits, nuts or millet onto the floral wire. Then, take your birdseed and fill in the gaps or openings between the decorations and dry it overnight. Lastly, attach a ribbon or string to the wreath to create a hanger.



3.Birdseed Ornaments

Birdseed ornaments are not only attractive decorations but also edible treats for birds. Most importantly, they’re super easy to make! To get started, mix together 1/4 cup of gelatin or corn syrup, 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of flour in a middle-sized bowl. Next, add birdseed to the bowl, gradually stirring it in until the mixture becomes thick and sticky. Place a sheet of wax paper on the counter and spoon the birdseed mixture into your cookie cutters, pressing it down firmly. Then, insert the straws near the top of each ornament to create a hole for hanging. Let them set overnight; once dry thread a string through the little hole on the ornament.



4.Seed Bombs

Seed bombs make for a fun gift that allows both birds and flowers to thrive. To make seed bombs, you’ll need the following materials: paper towels, water, flower seeds, blender and baking tray. First, tear the paper towels into small pieces and soak them in water for a few minutes. Second, drain the excess water from the paper towels and put them into a blender to create a thick, glue-like consistency. Thirdly, add your flower seeds to the mixture and mix them in evenly. Fourthly, line a baking tray with plastic wraps and use your hands or a spoon to scoop out small portions of the seed bomb mixture and form them into compact balls or shapes. Lastly, let them dry completely so that they hold their shape.



5.DIY Birdhouse

Building a birdhouse is an excellent way to provide birds with a cozy shelter while adding charm to any garden. Materials required for this project include wood, screws, a drill, a saw, sandpaper and paint for decoration. Start by cutting several wood boards to the desired dimensions. For a basic birdhouse, you’ll need six pieces: a bottom, two sides, a front, a back and a roof. Use a ruler and a pencil to mark the desired entrance hole on the front piece, and then drill a pilot hole near the entrance hole markings and then use a saw to carefully cut the entrance hole. Attach the sides to the bottom piece using nails or screws, and then the rest of the pieces. Sand any rough edges and surfaces, then apply outdoor paint and let it dry completely.



6.Bird Bath

Beginner-level DIYers, rejoice! This year, try to impress your bird-loving friends with a unique and functional bird bath. Start by thoroughly cleaning the terracotta saucer and flowerpot. Apply adhesive to the bottom of the flowerpot and carefully attach it to the center of the saucer, creating the base of the birdbath. Next, decorate the birdbath by adding rocks or pebbles around the base. Finally, allow the adhesive and sealant to dry completely before placing the birdbath in your desired location. For more ideas, please continue to read 10 DIY Birdbath Ideas You Can Easily Make for Your Garden.



7.Feather Earrings

For bird lovers who enjoy jewelry, miniature feather earrings can evoke a connection with nature. First, choose two matching feathers to make a pair of earrings. Trim the feathers to your desired length using scissors. Secondly, apply a small amount of glue to the quill end of the feather and attach it to the earring hook. Hold it in place until the glue dries. Thirdly, open a jump ring using jewelry pliers and slide it through the loop or hole at the top of the feather earring. Then attach the jump ring to the earring hook, making sure it is securely closed. Repeat the steps for the second earring. Lastly, allow the glue to dry completely before boxing the earrings.



8.Macrame Owl Keychain

When you’re looking for a new and gorgeous Macrame project to get started with, these cute little owls should be on top of your list. Start by folding the cord in half and attaching it to the keychain ring with a lark’s head knot, and this will serve as the owl’s body. Separate the four strands of the cord into two sets of two, take the right set of strands and cross them over the left set of strands in a “4” shape. Take the right strand of the left set and thread it under the right set. Then, take the left strand of the right set and thread it under the left set, creating a loop. Pull the ends of the cord through the loop, tightening it snugly. Repeat the same steps and make several rows of square knots to form the owl’s head. Make sure to shape the knots as you go to give it a rounded appearance. Once you’ve achieved the desired head size, continue with the square knots to create the owl’s body. When the body is complete, tie off the ends of the cord and trim any excess. To create the owl’s ears, cut two small pieces of cord and attach them to the top of the head using a lark’s head knot.



9.Wooden Bird Figurine

Homemade bird figurines can make a great gift for someone who loves birds or collects bird-themed items. They are unique and personal, and show that you put time and effort into creating something special for them. You can start by sketching the outline of the bird figurine on the block of wood. Next, begin carving the basic shape of the bird using the chisels or gouges. Start with the larger tools to remove bulk wood, and then switch to smaller tools for finer details. Gradually refine the shape of the bird as you carve, paying attention to its body, wings, tail and any specific features you want to emphasize. Once it’s done, use sandpaper to smooth the entire surface of the bird. If desired, you can apply wood stain or paint to the bird and apply a wood sealant or finish to protect the bird figurine and give it a glossy or matte appearance.



10.Birdwatching Journal

Encourage your friends to record their birdwatching adventures with a personalized birdwatching journal. You can create one by binding blank pages and incorporating bird illustrations or quotes. Start by customizing the cover of your journal. You can decorate it with bird illustrations or stickers on the cover. On the first page of the journal, create an index or table of contents where you can list different bird species and mark the corresponding page numbers. You can also consider adding additional sections to the journal, such as a checklist of bird species, a list of birding locations, or a bird feeding and gardening section.

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