Wild birds winter ice bowl feeder is just for fun!
If you have children they will love to make this bird feeder.
A new way for backyard bird watchers to enjoy watching their birds at a very different type of bird feeder.
A diy, homemade, creative, creation! ;-)
1. A larger bowl that will freeze well when filled with water (and other things of course). I used a Pyrex mixing bowl, but a plastic or a metal bowl will work too. It is nice if the bowl is see through to allow you to build a design that you can see up the sides while creating it.
2. A smaller bowl or container that fits inside the larger bowl, that will form the space for the seed to sit in. I used a plastic yogurt container so I also needed to place something inside it, to weigh it down.
3. A variety of fruit. I used frozen fruit. But dried fruit will also work well, plus any natural bits of greenery, twigs, small cones etc.
4. Cold water.
1. Start with the large bowl, fill it with 1/2 inch/1.25cm of cold water and place it in the freezer.
2. Place the smaller bowl or container inside the large bowl on top of the frozen water on the bottom of the large bowl. I used a plastic yogurt container with the sides cut down, so it was not so tall and weighted it down with some craft stones I had.
3. Then fill the space between the 2 bowls with the first layer of fruit or whatever you have chosen. I started mine with a layer of frozen blueberries to about half way up the side of the large bowl.
4. Pour cold water over the first layer until covered, then freeze. An
hour or two in the freezer is enough per layer, depending on your
freezer. I used my deep freezer as it freezes faster and harder than my
5. On top of the first frozen layer, add your third layer. I chose frozen strawberries and peach slices, arranged in alternating order around the inside of the bowl, on top of the first layer of blueberries. Fill bowl with enough cold water to almost cover the second layer of fruit. It is OK if some of the fruit is sticking above the water, as enough water has been added to safely secure it in place. Next place the bowl in the freezer.
6. The top of the ice bowl feeder can be decorated with some greenery or
more fruit, whatever you have chosen. Then add a bit more water, enough
to hold the decorating pieces in place and freeze one last time. (I did
not do this step, but here is a picture of an ice bowl submitted in our
first photo contest, that has been decorated differently than mine.)
7. Now the ice bowl feeder is ready for the finishing touches. Begin by filling the small bowl with warm water, then getting hotter if it is a glass or ceramic bowl you have used, to warm it up slowly. If it is plastic or metal start with fairly hot water. Let it sit for a few minutes and try sliding it side ways to loosen it. Then remove when it is loosened up. Don't leave warm or hot water too long as the inside of your feeder will begin to melt.
8. Dip the large bowl in a sink partly filled with warm water to loosen the ice bowl feeder from the large bowl used to make it. If it does not slide out right away when tipped, then leave it in the water a little longer until it does.
9. Place feeder in a metal or glass pie plate to easily transport it to its final destination. I used a wooden stool outside for my ice bowl bird feeder to sit on. Because I had blueberries as my first layer, I covered the stool with plastic and foil so the wood did not get stained. It was quite a mild day when I set my feeder outside.
10. Carry your feeder to its final resting place where your birds can
enjoy it and fill the space to hold the seed with black-oil sunflower or
A tiny bit of snow fell after I set out my feeder, which gave it the look of a scrumptious sweet dessert that had been sprinkled with icing sugar!
The rich dark blue of the blueberries does not show well in the photos, but it really was a great colour combination with the other fruits.
The black-oil sunflower seed made a lovely contrast to the peach slices colour and rich strawberries.
If you make your own ice bowl bird feeder please share a photo and any additional ideas you had at Share Your Bird Feeder Plans!