October 21

Pumpkin Bird Feeder DIY

I want you to know that I totally realize that a bird feeder is not even an option for a lot of my readers living in the LA area with apartments or condos. But, this is my new life, and for once I can hang a bird feeder in my front yard if I feel like it. And perhaps it shall be of the pumpkin variety since it’s October.

Not a fan of her pumpkin costume.

Not a fan of her pumpkin costume.

This quick DIY only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish – the perfect craft to include your kids. They’ll love watching the different birds come to visit! Or, if you’re as dorky as me, you’ll enjoy it as an adult. Since it’s so easy, it’s a great way to dip a toe into the Halloween spirit if you’re running short on time.

You can also turn your leftover pumpkins into these cute bird feeders post-Halloween. What are you supposed to do with all of those pumpkins afterwards anyways? I don’t like to see them just lying in the street. I think that makes them feel unappreciated. Celebrate your pumpkin’s many layers by letting it have a purpose outside of Halloween. FullSizeRender

Wow. Yep, that was a stretch. Here’s how you make them:

Materials:

1 small pumpkin (I used a pumpkin pie variety at Sprouts for $1.99)

1 cup bird seed (I used a generic mix from Target)

1 spool twine

1 small, short nail + hammer

Directions:

  1. Cut the pumpkin in half. Discard the top half, and scoop out the seeds & pulp from the bottom half, leaving about 1.5 inch border for the birds to perch on.

    It's okay if it's a bit uneven.

    It’s okay if it’s a bit uneven.

  2. Using two long pieces of twine, knot them at the base of the pumpkin. Take a small, short nail. Using a hammer, gently tack the knot into the base of the pumpkin. FullSizeRender
  3. I used just regular scotch tape to keep the twine in place at the base of the pumpkin. If you have a thicker twine, this may not be necessary. FullSizeRender
  4. Tie the four ends of the twine together at the top. FullSizeRender
  5. Fill the pumpkin with birdseed. FullSizeRender
  6. Place on a sturdy tree branch! FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender