Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday Tip: Reusing Tubes

Many of us strive to be greener. Well, I at least assume that to be the case for most of my readers! Reusing tubes from paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, wrapping paper rolls, etc. is one way you to have fun with your kids and give a second life to an item otherwise discarded after the primary purpose.

For wrapping paper tubes, you've easily got the equipment for a fun "sword fight" (or whatever you prefer to call it). The smaller tubes, and also cut up wrapping paper rolls, are great for bird feeders. I was using pine cones to do this activity with my kids, but then I saw a post by a fellow blogger about using tubes instead. Sadly, I cannot remember what blog this was, but have been looking for it and will link to it when I do find it. Using tubes worked better because they didn't break as readily as the pine cones, and since my little one was 3 the last time we tried this, he wasn't the gentlest. (Pine cones work great for older kids, maybe 6 or 7, and you don't need to bother retrieving them after they've served their purpose as a feeder.)

It's really simple to do, but I would recommend setting aside a jar of peanut butter and writing on the lid that it's for birds. We did that and we store the peanut butter with our birdseed ... just in case.

You just need the following items:

  • String
  • Tubes of some sort
  • Scissors
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed

Poke a hole in the tubes maybe 1/2" - 1" from one end (and on both sides) so you can feed a string through.

Feed string through and knot, but leave long ends so you can tie around a tree or whatever you will be hanging the feeders from.

Spread peanut butter all around the tube.

Roll the tube in birdseed.

Hang outside and watch the birds eat!

We got a lot of squirrel visitors before we got birds, but the kids enjoyed watching the squirrels eat, too.

Disclaimer: Thoughts of Fluff was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. 

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