Frugal Last Minute Gift Idea for Kids — Bird Watching Kit

Every day next week I will be posting a series of projects to make last minute gift ideas for kids.  You won’t want to miss any of these!  These projects are frugal, and can be made with items you would already have in your house.  Here is a little preview of what to expect.

Today’s project  is a Make Your Own Bird Watching Kit.  Emily was so excited to make these binoculars!  Pair the materials to make these with materials for the pine cone bird feeders, and you have the perfect bird watching kit!  She wore the binoculars around the house all day.  They are simple to make and extremely frugal.  

To make your own bird watching kit, place the following items in a gift basket:
2 toilette paper cardboard rolls
1 cork
hole puncher
Attach these instructions:
Have your child paint the cardboard tubes and cork.  Glue the cork between the two cardboard tubes, and place on a sheet of wax paper to dry.  Once the glue is completely dry, use a hole puncher to make holes on either side.  Thread through yarn for a neck strap, and you are done!
For a pine cone bird feeder kit, add the following items to a gift basket:
1 small jar peanut butter
a zip lock bag with some bird seed
pine cones
Attach these instructions:
Have your child spread peanut butter over the pine cone.  Roll the pine cone in some bird seed.  Hang to a tree with some string, and you are done!
Book suggestions:
The Little Bird Who Found Herself by Edwin M. McMahon (All ages)
About Birds: A Guide for Children by Catheryn Sill (Ages 4-8 years)
Do you have any great frugal last-minute gift ideas for kids?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it!


  1. I don’t have any frugal last minute gift ideas, but just wanted to comment that this idea is really great! What a fun crafty gift!

  2. We thought of a present for a kid who has muchh too many toys and here's what we choose to give hm: two sandwich bags of colored and scented homemade salt dough (eqal amount of salt, flour and cornstarch mixed with hot water, spoon of oil, scented oil and teaspoon of paint, two bags of different sorts of gravel(you can buy at florists), few shels and cheapest platic figurines like snakes and frogs. Everything packed in shoe box. hey, it was big hit – the boy made rainforest, then volcano, then laboratory. Befor the dough set up he came back to volcano and now it's on his shelf, painted and used for experiments with soda and vinegar :). You can try it! I had to made alike sets for each of my 3 kids.