This is something really simple and fun that you can do with your children. It’s not expensive either, which is something we can all enjoy. If you love birds, this is a good way to feed and view them on a regular basis. 🙂
This is a little craft that I found online quite some time ago. I don’t remember where any more, I’m sorry. This step by step instructs will teach you how to make a bird feeder out of an orange. Yes, the orange that you eat! This can also be done using a coconut, grapefruit, pumpkin, or anything other large rough vegetable that you can use as a bowel.
Before we begin though, here is what you’ll need. This will make you 2 bird feeders.
- 1 good sized orange
I recommended getting one of the bigger oranges and not those small ones.
- 1 sharp knife
- 1 spoon
- 4 long pieces of thin rope or strong string
- 1 cutting board
- 1 to 2 cups of bird seed
Old scraps of food work well too, but you may end up with more bugs then birds.
Now, if you have everything ready then we can begin! Parents, for some of this you will need to do and others your kids can do. I’ll let you decide what you think is okay for them to help with. 🙂
- Place the orange on the cutting board.
Cut the orange in half using the knife.
- Scoop out the insides of one or both of the halves.
Feel free to eat the insides! They’re good!
- Poke 4, equally spaced holes around the top of the orange.
- Take 1 piece of string and thread it through 2 holes.
Do no thread it through 2 holes next to each other.
Thread it through 1 hole and then through the hole directly across from it.
- Take the second string and do the same thing with the second two holes.
- Space about 5 inches up (from the top of the orange) and then tie a good, tight knot.
Take your bird feeder outside and hang it.
- Finally, fill the orange with bird seed!
You’re done! 🙂 It’s simple and a lot of fun!
Now, personally, I’ve never done this with anything other then an orange. With some searching online though, I found two people who used other foods to do this. I’ve put them below. 🙂
A bird feeder using a coconut filled with berries and cherries by Diane.
A bird feeder using a pumpkin filled with bird seed by Maria.