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 sheknows.com.
You’ll need:
Pipe cleaners
Cheerios

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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