Gift Idea: Make Your Own DIY Bird Feeder

Looking for a fun way to bring the family together this holiday season? We have the perfect idea – make your own bird feeders, featuring foliage from the Southern Living® Plant Collection!

This DIY project is not only family-friendly, it will also bring the birds to your backyard garden. 

Step 1: Clip foliage from existing backyard plants such as Oakland™ Holly, Yewtopia® Plum Yew, Purple Daydream® Loropetalum, Miss Lemon™ Abelia, and Jubilation™ Gardenia. Allow your clippings to soak in a large bowl of water overnight.

Step 2: Gather supplies.

Step 3: Spray select pieces of foliage with metallic paint.

Step 4: Cover pine cones with peanut butter.

Step 5: Roll peanut butter-covered pine cones in bird seed.

Tip: Place pine cone in fridge for one hour to harden.

Step 6: Arrange foliage and tie together. Using a second knot, tie in mini ornaments. Leave extra string for tying to pinecone.

Tip: Remove foliage from the bottom areas of clipped stems for easy tying.

Step 7: Attach your arrangement to the top of your pine cone.

Step 8: Hang in a tree for both a decorative and yummy treat for birds in your area!


  • Oakland™ Holly clippings
  • Yewtopia® Plum Yew clippings
  • Purple Daydream® Loropetalum clipping
  • Miss Lemon™ Abelia clippings
  • Jubilation™ Gardenia clippings
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Knife
  • Bird seed
  • Twine
  • Mini ornaments
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