Plant-Based Protein: Good for You – AND our Fine-Feathered Friends!


 

Those of us who live in cold-weather states know winter can be a dreary time. Nature’s color palette leans to the browns and grays, and many of our wildlife friends have high-tailed it to warmer climes.

A lovely way to invite a little life to your outdoor landscape is to install a birdfeeder. Plus, they are a super-easy DIY project!

Those who enjoy Perennial aren’t the only ones who love plant-based proteins. Many backyard species, such as sparrows, cardinals, and bluejays, do, too!  

All our featured feeders are made with plant-based proteins, using biodegradable or repurposed materials. Creating them can be a fun social activity with friends or grandchildren, outside or via videocall!

THE CLASSIC PINECONE FEEDER

Materials

  • Several pinecones – the larger the better
  • Nut butter and butter knife or spoon for spreading
  • Wild bird seed
  • Tablecloth
  • String or yarn

Directions

  1. Tightly knot a length of string or yarn around the top of the pinecone.
  2. Thickly dab nut butter along the length of the pinecone.
  3. Generously sprinkle bird seed on tablecloth.
  4. Keeping the string clear, roll pinecone in birdseed until it is well-coated.
  5. Hang outside on a tree branch and enjoy!

ORANGE FEEDER

Materials

  • One orange
  • Two skewers or bamboo straws
  • Ribbon, string, yarn, or twine
  • Nuts or wild bird seed

Direction

Orange Bird Feeder
  1. Slice orange in half.
  2. Scoop out fleshy fruit and enjoy, leaving only the skin.
  3. Punch four small holes through the orange.
  4. Cut 2 pieces of string or twine. Place the strings through the holes in the orange and tie a know at the top. (see image)
  5. Loop string over a tree branch to hang.
  6. Fill orange cup with nuts or wild birdseed. 

We’d be remiss if we didn’t include a version that repurposes your amazingly versatile Perennial container!

PERENNIAL FEEDER

Materials

  • Empty and rinsed Perennial container with the cap removed. Feel free to leave container undecorated or you may wish to paint with waterproof paint or cover with decorative contact paper.
  • Plastic or metal drinking straw or popsicle stick
  • Exacto or small sharp knife
  • String or ribbon
  • Nuts or wild bird seed

Direction

  1. Decorated or plain, place Perennial container face-down.
  2. Cut a “window” out of the upward facing container panel, keeping drinking spout intact. This window will be where birds access food.
  3. Insert straw or popsicle stick through drinking spout and affix with glue to end opposite the drinking spout. This will be the perch.
  4. With window facing upward, securely wrap and tie ribbon or string around the outside of the container, perhaps one string around each end of the carton for stability. Allow several inches of free ribbon/string free for hanging.
  5. Use ribbon or string to hang outside on a tree branch.
  6. Pour birdseed our nuts into upward facing window.

Perennial hopes you enjoy making these fun feeders, and then watching your outdoor landscape spring to life, even in the middle of winter!