Slinky bird feeder. Source:

Okay, so, I’m definitely on a bird kick these days. I can’t help love’n how the springtime just comes alive with the sounds of “tweet-tweets!” and the flutter of feathered activity. Their loveliness can inspire fun home decor projects like these sweet bird houses and repurposed serving bowl bath, bringing nature inside and just outside our homes.

Well, this weekend’s project is for the birds. Literally. Oh, and also for the kids. Even the kid inside us. This clever bird feeder is a wonderful way to recycle and reuse toys into something wonderfully whimsical and useful. It’s also a great way to involve our kids in the world of DIY. The materials list is very short, as well as the to-do, allowing us to offer a new and fun feeding “hang” for our neighborhood birdies. As for signage? No need…everyone knows it’s Slinky!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Slinky (recycle one you have or try for as little as $2.98)
  • Wire coat hanger
  • Needle nose pliers
  • peanuts or large bird feed
  • Optional: plastic dip (for where to buy, try searching at

Here’s what you do:

  1. Untwist top of hanger to completely open it up (but don’t straighten the very top’s curve-this is how you will hang the feeder.
  2. Run one end of the straightened hanger through Slinky.
  3. Re-twist hanger, then form into a circle.
  4. Using the needle nose pliers, twist each end of the Slinky to secure it to the top of the hanger (where the twist is).
  5. Fill with nuts or large feed…enjoy!

We’d love to see what repurposed bird feeders you’ve created! Send ideas and photos to [email protected] to possibly be featured on our blog!

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