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It’s Spring! Finally! Don’t you love to hear the sound of all those birds!? I always forget just how much chirping there is! Although I hear birds a lot, we rarely see them in our backyard. I thought it would be lovely this year if we could get a few more birds around here, and what better way to try to attract them than with bird feeders. I did some research and read that birds like to eat fruit, and that one of the best times to feed them is in the early spring! This is because they don’t have their natural seeds. You can check out that information at The Humane Society. I also remembered from elementary school that birds like peanut butter. I confirmed it at The Spruce. There are two things that I really like these bird feeders. 1. That they cost very little money and 2. most of the supplies were on hand. We were eating oranges anyway and we always have peanut butter on hand. So, the only cost was the birdseed, which was less than $4. Plus, you don’t have to store these all winter, or hope they weather the snow!
- orange (apparently you can use any fruit. I liked the idea of an orange because the peel is nice and sturdy to hold up the twine)
- round- tip knife (to scoop out the fruit- not pictured)
- peanut butter
- birdseed (if you want to get bird seed on Amazon <a href="http:// “>click here)
- bowl (we used disposable bowls because peanut butter is so hard to clean out. If you’re looking for an Eco-friendly disposable bowl <a href="http:// “>check out these.)
- peanut butter
- twine or ribbon
- Slice your orange in half. Gently slice flesh out of the peel. I used a round-tip knife which worked really well. I think a grapefruit knife would work well too.
2. Put peanut butter in a bowl, then put the birdseed on top. You can probably tell by what’s about to happen in this image that we needed to vacuum after! The picture is blurry because of her vigorous spoon work! The ratio ended up being about 1:1. And check out her hat! We bought them to make Easter Bonnets. If you want to see the end result, or how to make it, click here.
3. Mix. Add more peanut butter or birdseed as needed. Try to stop the kids from eating it. Harder than it sounds. As far as I can tell it’s not bad for them, but still… (And check out this one in her jammies. It’s, like, 3 in the afternoon. She had been dressed earlier in the day 😏)
4. Fill your orange halfway. Then, using your knife, pierce a hole for the twine or ribbon to go through. We used two different methods. The first is this (my son’s idea), to try to make the orange sit like a bowl. The second is this:
…to make it hang like a picture frame.
5. Spoon more of the mixture into the orange half to cover the twine. For the bowl-style it can be overflowing, for the picture-style it should be flat. Sorry for the blur! Things were starting to get Cra-Zy!
Now to hang it outside!
I think these look so pretty. The pop of orange is just delightful to see out of the window. Now to see if we get any birds…and to vacuum! What do you think? Are you going to try a different kind of fruit? I thought cantaloupe would be awesome! I’d love to hear your ideas and see your bird feeders! If you’re looking for other outdoor crafts I’d recommend Paper Boats and Rainy Day Sidewalk Chalk! They’re both kid-friendly and made for the great outdoors! Happy Crafting!