How to Create Tuna Can Bird Feeders with Kids

Tuna Can Bird Feeders by C9W

Tuna Can Bird Feeders by C9W

Children delight in bird watching. In this Eco-friendly tutorial by Cloud 9 Workshop learn how to transform a tuna can into a fun and colorful feeder for our feathered friends. 

Materials Needed:

  • Tuna can (make sure top edge is not sharp)
  • Hammer
  • Large nail
  • Acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Water cups
  • Plastic container lids for paint pallets
  • Paint shirt
  • String or thin rope
  • Bird seed
  • Optional: Beads
  • Optional: Craft sticks or popsicle sticks
  • Optional: Hot glue
  • Optional: Acrylic sealer


  • Pound 3-4 holes near rim of can with hammer (Tip: pound holes from inside of can)


  • Paint can using lines, circles, dots and patterns then let dry (Tip: 2 coats are best)
  • Cut 3-4 long strings, approx. 20” each
  • Tie ends together & add beads if desired
  • Thread strings through can holes and knot
  • Optional: Hot glue craft sticks to bottom of can 
  • Optional: Spray or brush on acrylic sealer

Cloud 9 Kid Connection:
Adults don’t stand back and watch your kids have all the fun, work side by side with your child and enjoy the experience together! Watching birds visit your feeder is a delight for all. Make sure to place the feeder near a window where children can observe year round without startling the birds away.