I found this idea over at a blog that I just discovered, called Tried and True. She has so many creative and beautiful ideas! Pop over and check out her absolutely awesome (and easy) Personalized Wire Ornaments! I LOVE them!
Back to our cheerio bird feeders. These are pretty awesome too!
You’ll need 3 pipe-cleaners, and a couple of handfuls of Cheerios. We had THREE different boxes of Cheerios in our cupboard: original, chocolate and multi-grain. That’s a bit crazy, I know, but don’t the varying shades look wonderful?
The Hooligans threaded cheerios on to all 3 pipe cleaners. I thought they might grow tired of it after a while because it’s fairly challenging for two 2 year olds (the baby didn’t participate except to eat, scatter, tip and throw cheerios for the entire time we were crafting. I’m not kidding when I say she probably stepped on or sat on (and tipped) the tray about 10 times. She was in her glory. All you can eat Cheerio buffet. What toddler wouldn’t be?
Anyway, back to the 2′s. I’d expected them to tire of the activity after they’d covered one pipe-cleaner. Wrong! They LOVED it. It probably took them a good 40 minutes to completely cover their pipe-cleaners, and they totally stuck with it, munching away while they worked, and holding their pipe-cleaner up every few minutes to show me their progress.
When you’ve finished threading, you’re ready to move to the next step. Leaving a bit of space at each end of the pipe-cleaners, twist the ends of 2 pipe-cleaners together to form a circle. Twist the ends of the 3rd around the gaps in the circle. I think this will serve as a perch for the birds to sit on.
And Bon Appetite, my feathered friends!