Activities for Seniors - Make Rustic Birdfeeders

One delightful way to invite a bit of nature into the backyard and encourage clients you care for to get involved in something different is by crafting rustic birdfeeders using either coconut shells or pinecones.

Not only is this project eco-friendly, it adds a charming touch to the garden. Follow this simple guide to create a beautiful and functional birdfeeder.

Either Watch the video on You Tube or follow the written instructions below.

Rustic Coconut Birdfeeder

Materials Needed:

1 or 2 large coconut shells halved

Strong string or twine


A drill with a small drill bit

Sandpaper (optional)



Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preparing the Coconut Shells:

Start by selecting a mature coconut, which typically has a harder shell ideal for this project. Using a small saw or hacksaw, carefully cut the coconut in half. Drain the coconut water and scoop out the flesh. If you want a smoother surface, use sandpaper to smooth the edges and interior of the coconut halves.

  1. Drilling Holes for Hanging:

Once the coconut shells are prepared, decide how you want to hang your birdfeeder. For a single hanging feeder, drill three evenly spaced holes near the edge of the shell. ensure the holes are large enough for your twine or rope to pass through. Drill a small hole in the centre bottom so water can pass through if it rains.

  1. Attaching the Twine:

Cut three equal lengths of twine or rope, depending on how low you want the feeder to hang. Thread each piece of twine through a hole and tie a secure knot at the end. Gather the other ends of the twine and tie them together in a knot to form a loop for hanging.

  1. Finishing Touches:

To enhance the durability of your birdfeeder, you might consider applying a coat of non-toxic varnish to the exterior of the coconut shell. This step is optional but can help protect the feeder from the elements. Allow the varnish to dry completely before proceeding.

  1. Filling and Hanging:

Once your birdfeeder is ready, fill it with birdseed. Choose a spot in your garden or yard that is visible but safe from predators, preferably near some shrubs or trees. Hang your birdfeeder from a sturdy branch or a hook and watch as birds begin to visit and enjoy their new dining spot.

Tips for Success:

Regularly clean the birdfeeder to prevent mould and bacteria buildup.

Refill the birdseed as needed to keep your feathered visitors coming back.

Experiment with different seeds to attract a variety of bird species.

Creating a rustic birdfeeder with coconut shells is a gratifying project that combines creativity with a love for nature. Not only do you get to enjoy the process of crafting something with your hands, but you also contribute to the well-being of local wildlife. So, grab a coconut, and some twine, and get started on your charming DIY birdfeeder today!

Rustic Pinecone Birdfeeder

Another great project for Carers to do with Clients Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Materials Needed:

Pinecone (open and dry)

Peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

Bird seeds

String or ribbon

Butter knife or spoon

Plate or shallow dish


  1. Prepare the Pinecone: Make sure your pinecone is clean and fully opened. If it’s not open, you can leave it indoors for a few days or bake it in a low-temperature oven to dry it out and open it up.

  1. Attach the String: Tie a piece of string or ribbon around the top of the pinecone. This will be used to hang your bird feeder.

  1. Spread the Peanut Butter: Use a butter knife or spoon to spread peanut butter all over the pinecone. Try to get the peanut butter into all the nooks and crannies. This will help the bird seeds stick better.

  1. Coat with Bird Seeds: Pour bird seeds into a plate or shallow dish. Roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone in the bird seeds. Press gently to ensure the seeds stick to the peanut butter.

  1. Check for Coverage: Inspect the pinecone to make sure it’s evenly covered with seeds. If there are any bare spots, you can sprinkle more seeds on or press them in by hand.

  1. Hang the Feeder: Find a suitable spot in your yard to hang the bird feeder. Choose a location that’s visible but safe from predators, ideally near a tree or bush where birds can perch.

Enjoy Watching the Birds: Sit back and enjoy watching birds come to your new feeder. It may take a little while for birds to discover it, so be patient.


Location: Place the feeder where you can see it easily but also where it offers some protection for the birds.

Peanut Butter Alternatives: If you’re worried about using peanut butter, you can use suet or a mixture of lard and cornmeal instead.

Maintenance: Check the feeder regularly. Refill with peanut butter and seeds as needed, and replace the feeder if it becomes mouldy or damaged.