Spring has sprung!  Soon you’ll be leaving your windows open and listening to the sounds of chirping birds.  (Unless, of course, you live near my parents–then all you’ll hear is pecking, cawing and an occasional pop of the BB gun.  Thanks, Dad.)

If you want to usher the birds into your yard, here’s your ticket!  It’s a perfect weekend activity to do with your kids.  By using an orange rind to hold the bird seed, you’ll have negligible expense.  But, don’t worry, the birds won’t judge.  Even they know the value of a free lunch.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 thick-skinned orange (The thicker the orange the more durable the feeder, so this is important!)
  • sharp knife
  • 2 cups of bird seed (My Walmart sells bags for under $3.00)
  • spoon
  • 4 feet of yarn or twine
  • large-eyed needle ( to poke through the orange skin)

Here is what you will do:

  • Cut the orange in half. Remove all of the pulp until you are left with an empty shell. Oh, and don’t toss the insides. Eat them!
  • Thread your needle with a 2 foot length of yarn.
  • Poke the needle and yarn through the skin and across the shell and through the opposite side.
  • Do the same thing on the other side. The goal is to make a “cross” through the center of the orange.
  • Pull the gathered ends of yarn together and tie a knot at the end.  This will allow it to hang steadily from a tree branch.
  • Finally, fill the shell with your birdseed and hang on a sturdy branch.

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9 thoughts on “DIY Orange Slice Bird Feeder for Hungry Birds!”

  1. would a grapefruit work just as well?  I mean it’s larger and the rind is thicker usually 

  2. I would suggest poking some holes in the bottom of the orange as well for drainage if it should rain.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely great idea.  And you can always toss the orange half in the compost pile if it gets too yucky looking to use as a feeder.  Keep the ideas coming!

  4. Sharon Rudow says:

    This a cute idea, will the squirrels eat the orange peel?

    • Karen says:

      The naughty squirrels in my backyard would have this down in a couple of hours!  They would chew the orange peel just to chew.  I use safflower seed in my feeders instead of wild birdseed mix because the squirrels will not eat it!  It’s more expensive but soooo well worth not having your feeders emptied by squirrels in 20 minutes!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    how cute! I will be making one of these soon. I will probably be using a grapefruit rather than an orange. The shell is thicker and the bowl will be bigger!!