Make a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

by Destri on October 18, 2010

This is a fast and easy project that even the kids can help out with.  We hung ours from a tree right outside the kitchen window so we can watch who comes to enjoy.

You should have seen the looks on my new neighbors faces watching me take a bajillion pictures of bird feeder, they think I am nuts!

Here is how to do it:


  • small pumpkin pie pumpkin, or an acorn squash, gourd….
  • wooden dowels
  • bird seed
  • wire

Cut off the top portion of the pumpkin.  If you are using a squash, cut low enough to make sure the dish is not too deep.  Now clean out the seeds, this is where the kids can help.  I used a little paring knife to make the holes for the dowels by twisting through the side.  But you could pull out a drill if you are feeling like using a power tool ;).  Make two holes across from each other and then make two more a little lower so that one dowel will cross over the top.

Wrap the wire around the dowels a few times and then once at the top to join them. Fill with birdseed.

To hang mine I slid off two of the wires and strung over a branch, then just slid the wire back over the dowel ends.

Cute and easy!  It would be fun hung from a garden hook too, or maybe a few hanging from the hooks where your flower baskets hung this summer.

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  We went camping and I have dirt everywhere.  So I am off to do another load of laundry…



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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen October 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

This is fantastic! What a great idea :)


Suzanne October 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

What a super idea and earth friendly too. Glad you went camping great weather to go. :)


Jileen October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

This is great! We made a bird feeder out of an old milk jug last year and it wasn’t near as pretty! And when do I get to see the infamous long lost Destri? I hear she’s in the neighborhood…. :)


LeAnn October 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

My kids and I made one of these this afternoon out of a pumpkin that we grew in our garden this summer. We didn’t have any dowels, so we just used some sticks from the yard. Thanks for the idea.


Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue October 21, 2010 at 5:23 am

This is such a super idea!


Peaches November 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm

What a great idea! thanks for sharing :)


Lynne February 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

This is a really cute idea and will give me a use for the too many pumpkins I end up with after canning. I would like to add that I personally would put a few tiny holes in the bottom of the feeder so rain won’t collect in it and spoil the food.


Amanda May 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

I’ve put together a round up of great outdoor bird and squirrel crafts on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

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Magdalene June 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I absolutely love this idea and can’t wait to do this with my kids! Thank you so very much!


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