Easy DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Use just a few supplies from the craft store to create this fun and seasonal pumpkin bird feeder.

Looking for a simple seasonal craft to get you ready for fall? This easy Pumpkin Bird Feeder comes together in minutes, and little birds like wrens and chickadees will love the shelter it provides while they have a quick snack. You can make a feeder like this from a real pumpkin if you like, but this artificial pumpkin will last longer and is quite frankly easier to work with. I used decorative scrapbooking brads for the embellishments, but you could also explore the wide variety of pushpins available. Just be sure that whatever you use is firmly attached to the pumpkin, since some birds love to carry off shiny things for their collections.

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Pumpkin Bird Feeder Materials

  • Diorama Craft Pumpkin (Sold at Michael’s; if you’re unable to find this kind, use an artificial carvable pumpkin and cut the hole yourself)
  • Leaf-shaped brads (found in the scrapbooking section)
  • Heavy twine, about 4 feet
  • Drill, scissors, pushpin

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Pumpkin Bird Feeder Instructions

  • Wipe down the pumpkin with a damp cloth to remove any residue from manufacture.
  • Use a drill to make several holes in the base of the pumpkin to allow for drainage.

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  • On the top of the pumpkin, drill four holes evenly spaced holes. Wipe down the pumpkin again to remove any pieces or residue from drilling.
  • Cut two pieces of twine, about 2 feet each. Thread one piece through two of the holes, repeat with the other. Knot all the twine ends together to create the hanger.

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  • To add the leaf embellishments, first poke a tiny hole in the pumpkin with a pushpin. Then push the points of the brad in firmly. The points may push all the way through to the other side; if so, bend them flush so they don’t pose a threat to birds.
  • Fill, hang, and enjoy!

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.