Make Your Own Bird Feeder

Birds can be just like people: Foods that are prized by some, are shunned by others. To help attract a wider variety of birds to your yard, directions for making two different types of birdfeeders are included. With any luck you'll have plenty of beautiful birds to watch in your backyard.

Pinecone Feeder

Materials and Tools

  • Bird seed
  • Bowl, large
  • Knife, plastic
  • Lunch bags, paper
  • Peanut butter
  • Pinecones,large (purchase at a hobby shop if you can't find any in your area)
  • Saucepan, small
  • String


  1. Securely tie string around top of pinecone.
  2. Melt contents of peanut butter jar in saucepan.
  3. Pour birdseed in bowl.
  4. Roll pinecones in peanut butter.
  5. Roll pinecones in birdseed.
  6. Store in paper bags until ready to hang in tree as a treat for the birds.

Citrus Bird Feeder

This feeder is versatile and refillable.

Materials and Tools

  • Bird seed
  • Grapefruit or large orange
  • Ice pick (adults need to assist)
  • Knife (adults need to assist)
  • Lunch bags, paper
  • Pencil or dowel
  • Pinecones, large
  • Seeds, berries and tiny pieces of fruit
  • String


  1. Cut a grapefruit or large orange in half and remove fruit.
  2. Poke three small holes around upper edge of skin, as evenly spaced as possible.
  3. Tie string though each hole and join together at the top.
  4. Poke a pencil or dowel through any two places in the skin, to provide a perch for feeders.
  5. Tie to tree branch.
  6. Fill with seeds, berries and tiny pieces of fruit.
  7. Refill as needed.
  8. Take notes as to favorite foods.
  9. Take photos of visiting birds for your Nature Notebook.
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