Today’s Ramadan craft was made to help out our fine feathered friends this spring. We made these bird feeders with cereal to hang outside our window.
A couple of years ago, my daughter made a Lego minaret to hold the bird food, and while that worked for a few days, the squirrels found it and knocked it over. We hope that by hanging the food up high, this will deter the squirrels from stealing.
Birds are very important in Islamic culture, often refereed to and depicted in many forms: protectors, messengers, nutritional sustenance, and symbols of the soul. Creating the feeders in the shapes of moon and stars, iconographic symbols used in various historical contexts but most well known today as a symbol of Islam, seems to be appropriate during this holy month.
- Pipe cleaners
- Round, natural cereal
- Baker’s twine
My daughter began with adding cereal to the pipe cleaners.
After the pipe cleaner was full, she shaped it into a moon or star and closed off the end.
The final step is to tie off the baker’s twine so that the pipe cleaners could be hung from a tree.
My daughter made a couple of moons.
She then spent a little bit of time trying to figure out how to shape stars and I think did a great job!
We placed a set in the front yard, and another set in the back yard.
Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other Ramadan tutorials we have made.