Scrap Yarn Bird Feeder

By: Susan from

If you have a bunch of scrap yarn this spring, it's time to help out the birds! The Scrap Yarn Bird Feeder is a great and easy way to use up your scraps and help the birds build their nests after winter. This is an environmentally friendly project that kids can help with and you can do this every year after you are done crocheting all the holiday gifts. When yarn is just too small to use for a crochet project, don't throw it away! Let the birds use the yarn instead.


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I live in Canada and have been doing this for many, many years. In fact I save up my yarn scraps all year in order to do this in the spring and its not uncommon for many of us up here to save out dryer lint and put that out for the birds also. There appear to be several well meaning but not well informed people leaving negative comments about this project, but I've done the research and have spoken with many people more knowledgeable than I am on subject and they have provided simple guidelines to do this so it will not cause harm to the birds and the creator has also outlined these pre-cautions in the info provided.

Have the birds used your yarn? I have tried this with thread and the birds never use it and I end up having to throw it away. I have used fabric scraps too.I have not tried yarn yet but would love to provide this next spring for the birds. I love watching and feeding the birds it brings so much joy. I am glad we bird lovers provide for our feathered friends wherever we are.

This is a definite no-no it's extremely dangerous for the birds as the fibers can wrap around their legs and cut off circulation, and they can also wrap around the necks of the baby birds and strangle them. Plus the colored yarn can draw predators that would otherwise be unaware of the bird's location.

I am so glad it's ok and safe for them. I'll check in to which yarns of mine are safe. We get hundreds of birds every year and they nest in our trees and bushes.

I like this idea....we put yarn out every year for the birds to use for nesting material. A couple of things to keep in mind and this is from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Keep the scraps between 4 to 6 inches in length. Natural yarns are preferable because they are biogradeable but not necessary. Birds can see color and if you have a mixture of earthtones and brights and they use a bright color that is their choice. They may choose bright because over time the birds have come to associate that they are a more durable choice.

Unfortunately this is dangerous to the birds. The yarn, string, hair gets twisted around the birds legs and cuts off the circulation killing the leg. Before doing this, check with the Audubon Society. The yarn can also twist around the babies necks killing them.

I have tried this many times just like it says and I can tell that the yarn strips are never being used and when it rains the yarn gets soaking wet. Has this ever worked for others?

This is a good idea, but please keep in mind to use natural fibers, animal or cotton. Also brightly colored yarn may attract unwanted attention to the nest.


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