Make Cheerios Bird Feeders

cheerio shapes

Birds don’t just need to eat in the winter, but in the summer time, too. Stringing Cheerios on string and hanging it outside is a classic way to get some new feathered friends to visit the garden. An oversized plastic needle (found at your local arts and crafts store), a piece of strong with a knot on the end, and a box of Cheerios are all you need. However, if you want to get fancy, you can make shapes, like the ones in the picture above, directions courtesy of
You’ll need:
Pipe cleaners

1.To make a straight bird feeder, fold 1 inch of one end of the pipe cleaner back and twist the end around the pipe cleaner to make a small loop.
2.Feed Cheerios on the pipe cleaner, stopping about 2 inches from the top of the pipe cleaner.
3.Fold the top of the pipe cleaner to make another loop and twist the end to keep it in place.
4.To make a shaped bird feeder, first bend the pipe cleaner into a fun shape like a heart or a star.
5.Feed the Cheerios on the pipe cleaner, leaving about 1 inch on each end of the pipe cleaner.
6.Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to close it.

I don’t know why you couldn’t string the Cheerios on, then bend it into a fun shape, but I’m not going to question the authors. However, I will say that the stiffness of the pipe cleaner might make it easier to string than a needle and thread, so look into this option if fine motor manipulation is hard for your person with memory loss.

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