Here is a super fun project to do with the kids.
Children learn to crochet and make a serving tray to provide pieces of yarn for the birds to use to build their nests when they make this serving tray for our feathered friends. We have already seen the birds selecting their building materials at our serving tray that is hung beside our bird feeders. Of course, the tray can be used for seeds, too.
The directions are below if you'd like to make a serving tray for your yard.
China, pottery, plastic or similar plate in a saucer shape - sides slightly raised (sample is 12" heavy plastic)
3 oz. #6 acrylic rug yarn
K crochet hook
Note: Ch3 always = dc plus 1 ch. Directions written so you can use a smaller plate if you wish. Do not turn rounds. Always join with ss. Always ss to ch 1 sp to begin each round. Be sure to make bottom fit plate snugly so it won't slip and slide out of holder in use.
Ch 4, join with ss.
Round 1: (dc ch 1) 8 times, (16 st) join with ss, ss to next ch 1 sp.
Round 2: (dc, ch 1) 2 times ("v" st made) in each ch 1 sp. (32 st)
Round 3 and each succeeding round until you have made enough rounds to snugly cover bottom of plastic plate. (9 total rounds in sample): work (dc, ch1) 2 times in each "v" st. work (dc, ch 1) in each ch 1 sp between "v" st.
Make decrease rounds as needed to produce a netting just above the sides of your tray.
Decrease Row: Work in pattern of last row evenly skipping 8 ch 1 spaces.
Make enough decrease rows to cover the sides of the saucer shaped item.
Hangers: Chain 30 (or enough to make a hanger the length you would like it to be) and connect securely on the opposite side.
Make another of the same number of chains 90 degrees from the first and attach to the opposite side.
Hook Loop: Make a chain about 15 ch long (or size needed - see image), break off. make a loop through both hangers and hang up for the birds.