Cheerio Ant Feeder

In this instructable, you will be assembling a feeder for ants. The cost to operate this feeder is much more economical than most other ant feeders you will find on this site. I hope you will enjoy the many pleasures of feeding ants.

What You'll Need:

  • a Cheerio (you will need to acquire an entire box of Cheerios from your local supplier)

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Selecting Your Cheerio

Selecting the right Cheerio for your ant feeder is surprisingly simple.

  1. Reach at least one hand into the box of Cheerios. Using your fingers, gently remove one Cheerio from the box.

Hint: Honey Nut variety works very well.

Step 2: Constructing the Feeder

To construct your feeder, first double check that you have gathered all necessary components from the list below:

  • an individual Cheerio

If you find that you have forgotten any of the parts you will be needing, this would be a good time to go back and collect them.

If you have everything, great! and let's go!...

The construction of the ant feeder is very straight forward. However, if at any point you feel the parts aren't quite going together correctly immediately stop. The components you are using are very delicate and could be rendered unusable if damaged.

Assembly Instructions:

  1. Place your Cheerio on a floor. Your kitchen will probably be the best floor to choose for this step. If you don't have a kitchen, a driveway sometimes works well.

Step 3: *Updated & Revised Version (8/29/15)

Over the past one day, I have received much feedback suggesting that this feeder may function at a higher feeding effectiveness if you were to utilize 2 Cheerios. (see photo) However, please keep in mind this will double the cost of operation.

Be the First to Share


    • CNC Contest

      CNC Contest
    • Teacher Contest

      Teacher Contest
    • Maps Challenge

      Maps Challenge

    5 Discussions


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    yes, for an advanced DIY'er that's a good idea ...but for me that sounds overwhelming.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I tired to make it my way but I couldn't figure out how to get the toothpick in the cheese. Then when I finally got that done I kept missing when I tried to put the cheerio's on the toothpick. 4 hours is enough. I'll stick to your method. I forgot to K.I.S.S.