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.
DIY Orange Slice Bird Feeder for Hungry Birds!