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Make Your Own Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Welcome to the May Arts Blog.  Today’s project is a fun one for you and the kids.  We’re going to recycle our Halloween and Thanksgiving pumpkins into cute bird feeders.

I just loved making this project!  I’ve always felt just a little guilty about throwing away perfectly good pumpkins after the fall holidays.  Now we can share them with the birds and squirrels as well as add a decorative accent to the yard.

  1.  Cut your pumpkin in two horizontally.   Use a large spoon to clean out the pumpkin thoroughly.

  1. Flip the pumpkin shell over, then use an awl or pointed screwdriver to poke holes around the pumpkin.

  1. Be as creative as you’d like!  I opted for two offset rows.

  1.  Now it’s time to make the hanger.  You will need three, 4 foot lengths of May Arts Burlap Cord.  Tape one end to a counter, (unless you have a pair of little hands that can hold them for you!) and braid them together.  Make sure your braid lies flat.

You’ll want to leave enough at each end for tying later, or about 6-8 inches.  Braid the other 3 pieces the same way.

  1. Turn your pumpkin base upside down.  Lay the braids evenly over the bottom of the pumpkin.  Secure with small nails or upholstery tacks.  The upholstery tacks are just the right length to go into the pumpkin without poking into the interior.

  1. Now it’s time to hang your feeder!  Take it outside and tie onto a sturdy branch.  Fill with birdseed.  If you live in a cold climate, you may want to mix the seed with some suet to give the birds a little extra fuel for warmth.

  1.  Now stand back and wait for the birds to flock to your feeder!

This pair of cardinals came at dusk.  The male came first to make sure everything was ok, while the female kept watch.

Mom’s turn!

Thanks so much for joining us on the May Arts blog!  We hope we’ve inspired you today.  Be sure to check back daily for more crafty ideas.

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

May Arts Ribbon Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Small – medium size pumpkin
  • Whole Cloves
  • Sharp knife for cutting
  • Spoon for cleaning
  • Awl or pointed screwdriver for punching holes
  • Nails or upholstery tacks
  • Bird Seed

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  1. Kathy P

    Cute idea…how long would it hold up before rotting out?

    1. Charlene

      Hi Kathy,
      I made this a week or so before it was posted and it's still there in good shape on 11/5 and I live in a sub-tropical climate..  The colder the climate, the longer it should last. 

  2. Sue D

    Very pretty too!

  3. Kristie Maynard

    This is a wonderful idea.  We live in first tier suburbs and can't have bird feeders as they attract rodents, but if I could have one, I would definately make one of these, I think it's a genius idea.  Beautiful pics of the birds too.

  4. Nikki C

    That is such a fantastic Idea to re use the pumpkin 🙂
    hugs Nikki

  5. scrappymo!

    What a great idea and so fun to see the cardinal!!!

  6. Virginia Fynes

    What a GREAT idea!! I can't believe your bird photos. We don't have cardinals here, so pretty

  7. Nicole Martel

    oh this is so great!! LOVE this idea. I'm gonna have to try making one!

  8. Dorina

    What a wonderful idea and so clever.   Can't wait to try this!  THANKS,


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