DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

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DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

It’s the time of year when pumpkins are filling up the produce section at the market, and the birds are in need of a little help to get ready for the winter. Perfect excuse to make a pumpkin bird feeder. They are cute, easy, and you don’t have to store anything for next year! My kids helped me with this project too, and loved sitting in the window to see what birds came to dig in.


  • 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.

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

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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.

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

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  • Cameron

    Like this a lot – I have a great squash I think I will try it on . . . if I can manage to saw it in half!

  • Linda Corbett

    Love it, I will make it this weekend AND I have everything except the dowels, I will try sticks for a more rustic appearance and because I’m cheap LOL

  • Claudia Bernard

    Nice Touch!!

  • Tony

    Does the pumpkin rot quickly or do the birds eat it?

  • Destri

    Hi Tony, I think it would depend how cold it is in your area, the cooler it is the longer it will last. Our lasted for quite a long time and the birds got through about half of it. I just put it in our flower garden for compost :)