It really doesn't get much easier than this. Get the kids involved and watch the glow on their faces when the birds start to roost. Child decoration time: A lot longer (ah, bliss). Durability: A full season or even two.
DIY: Bread house for the birds! A clever use for stale bread. and the birds will love it! But it may NOT BE a very good house when BAD RAIN/SNOW weather comes,. The bread will get very wet and mushy, and it will NOT A BE A DRY SHELTER for the birds.
Decorative home made hanging bird feeding station. Don't put out fatballs in plastic netting though, birds can get caught in it so take off and either crumble up or put uncovered in a purpose made fatball feeder.