Making a pumpkin bird feeder is simple – all you need are a few household items to transform your Halloween jack-o-lantern or porch decoration into a festive feeder for the birds!
Supplies needed: pumpkin, knife, twine, scissors
Note: To avoid harm from bacteria and chemicals, make sure the pumpkin you’re using does not have any visible signs of molding and has not been treated with a bleach solution.
Step 1: Prep the pumpkin
Cut a lid out of the pumpkin around the stem and use a large spoon to remove the pulp and seeds from the inside of the pumpkin.
Tip: Save the seeds to make pumpkin seeds for the birds!
Step 2: Cut the pumpkin in half
To create a wider base so that more birds can feed, cut the pumpkin in half around its midsection using a knife. If using a larger pumpkin, you may need to make the cut below the midsection so that the interior isn’t too deep.
Step 3: Poke four anchor holes
Poke four holes near the bottom of the pumpkin for the hanger.
Step 4: Create the hanger
Using durable rope, string, or ribbon, cut four equal lengths and thread them through each hole. If your pumpkin is lighter in weight, you may thread two equal lengths through two holes. Tie all the lengths together at the top.
Step 5: Create drainage
Poke several small holes in the bottom of the pumpkin to allow for water drainage.
Step 6 (optional): Add perches
Small birds are capable of perching on the rim or hopping inside of the pumpkin to feed, but to accommodate larger birds, you can insert sticks or dowel rods around the top of the pumpkin to provide additional perching spots.
Step 7: Fill with seed and hang
Finally, fill the pumpkin feeder with bird seed, pumpkin seeds or dried corn and hang it for the birds to enjoy!