How to Make a Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

If you are looking for a fun winter project to do with your kids, this one is so easy and requires materials that you probably already have around the house.  These are so simple to make that Graham and I created about 6 in just a few minutes.  These Bird Feeders require empty toilet paper rolls so make sure to save them!


Here's a simple way to make a DIY peanut butter bird feeder.  This takes seconds and is so much fun for kids.  No string or twine needed.

Peanut Butter Bird Feeders

1 toilet paper roll
Peanut butter
Bird seed


Make sure to remove all of the excess paper that may be stuck to your toilet paper roll.  Take a butter knife or spoon and spread peanut butter over the entire outside of the toilet paper roll.  It doesn’t have to be overly thick, but enough for seed to stick.

Once you have the roll completely covered pour your bird seed into a dinner plate.  Begin to roll the peanut butter covered toilet paper roll across the bird seed in the plate.  Hold the inside of the roll in order to avoid peanut buttered fingers!  Once the roll is covered you can roll with your hands to try to fill all of the holes.  When you are happy with the outcome simply slip your Bird Feeder over a tree branch!

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Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. Too cute – I’m going to do this!!!

  2. Therese Z says:

    Any chance these could be mounted to keep squirrels off of them?

    • That’s a great question! I have no idea how it could be done. I have trouble keeping the squirrels out of my regular bird feeder. Maybe if you put it on a “weaker” branch the squirrel wouldn’t venture out.

    • Just did this project at a childrens function at church. We put twine through the hole & tie a knot so it could be hung on tree branches. Hope this helps.

  3. Janet Ferguson says:

    I have heard that peanut butter can choke chickadees — however there is a “butter” that is sold by Wild Birds Unlimited (franchises) that you can spread on trees, so I guess you could use it on these TP feeders.

    • I googled “Chickadees and peanut butter”. The top 3 hits are from top bird organizations and pb is a favorite food of chickadees. It is okay. I smeared pb on a tree trunk during the ice storms and the birds attacked it. HOWEVER, I did note that the starlings had difficulty, sitting on branches afterwards and rubbing their beaks on the bark to try to get the pb out or off. They all lived. More research is needed. Maybe mix pb with veg oil and flour.

  4. We love this tutorial – it’s so clever! We’ve featured it over on 🙂

  5. Marny CA says:

    Anyone worried that rats also like peanut butter?

  6. Great idea! I’m going to try it.

  7. We loved making these bird feeders today at our family day care. Even the youngest bubba could join in and it was even better when we got to watch a mother bird leave her nest to come and feast on it. Thank-you for sharing this wonderful and easy idea!

  8. Hi! I did a round up about crafts with toilet paper rolls and yours was great so I thought it would be great to include it, I hope this is ok for you. I provided your link and give credit to your site, here’s the post in case you want to check it:

  9. Thanks again for the inspiration. After a couple of weeks of waiting, the birds finally found our feeders and picked them clean!


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