We feed the squirrels.

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com

Do not feed the squirrels. Yeah, we feed those little rodents. I KNOW we probably shouldn’t… but it’s pretty cute to watch. They pretty much rule our neighborhood and I’m 90% sure they are living in the attic of our separate garage (darn them). We still feed them. They terrorize our bird feeder and squeak angrily at my Chihuahua (I believe they think he is a giant squirrel). We still feed them.ย Mostly because it’s fun for the kiddo. Each day we bring out the peanut jar and sprinkle them around the yard and hide them on the fence… then wait for them to show up and we watch them from the window. It’s our thing. NOW we have a cute little jar to hide nuts in. I like that it’s a glass jar (easier to spy on them while they eat).

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com

I made it in about 20 minutes. I had a wide mouth jar (with a 3 inch opening), an old serving fork, and some wire. Sooooo, this squirrel feeder was FREE, minus the small price for peanuts. Yeah… it cost peanuts (I’ll be here all night).

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com

I wrapped the wire around two spots on the jar and secured the fork. Simple simple. Secure the feeder to something that’s easy to reach… a fence? A tree? Hmmm? I wired ours onto a fence post (within view from our living room… so important).

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com
Fill that jar with squirrel treats, and we’re done

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com

Squirrel Feeder // thepapermama.com

I can’t wait to snap a photo of those naughty little squirrels getting into the jar. We also have a TON of blue jays… and they love those peanuts. The crows might even try and get in on this. All super entertaining for us… because that’s EXACTLY what I made this jar for: pure entertainment. Ha!

Annnnnd, in case you’re curious… our squirrels are a bit chunky (they eat from ALL the bird feeders in the neighborhood).

Squirrel // thepapermama.com

– Chelsey


  • Bree on said:

    This is SO funny and cute. Love your quirky sense of humor!

  • Andrea on said:

    This is super cute! I want to feed the squirrels!

  • lindsay on said:

    Our chihuahua and yard squirrels also have quite a war going on. Must be something with the Portland squirrels. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paulette on said:

    Loved your post, as it brought back memories of feeding the squirrels in Portland when I was a child in the 1940's. Our neighbors had a filbert tree, and we would break the shells with our hard-soled shoes. Of course the squirrels used their teeth. Those were the days!

  • Heather on said:

    It never crossed my mind to feed our squirrels food for them. Maybe this is a way I can keep them away from my bird feeder by giving them their own.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I am putting up a squirrel baffle (to keep the squirrels out of the bird food) and I felt guilty… cause they work so hard to get those seeds! The feeder has been SO fun. We put nuts in there and about 30 minutes later: squirrel and blue jay city. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sara on said:

    Our squirrels are fat too! They usually eat what the birds have kicked and knocked around on the ground though rather than their own feeder.

  • Elle on said:

    Argh I freaking LOVE this idea. This is super super cute. If only we didn't live on the top floor… and in subzero temps… or I would LOVE this! Nice blog you have here. Strong work! Love Elle xo

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