Friday, November 8, 2013

Recycle Your Pumpkin into a Bird Feeder

photo by Amy; used with permission ( Home Happy Home)

You know those pumpkins that have been sitting on the porch for the past week? Now that the trickers are gone and the treat basket's empty, it's time to recycle the jack-o-lantern. Here's one idea: make a Bird Feeder. All you need are:
  • a hollowed out pumpkin cut in half (or the bottom part of a jack-o-lantern)
  • some twine
  • tacks or staples
  • birdseed

Here's what you do:
  • Cut your jack-o-lantern in half (or cut and clean an uncarved pumpkin). Clean out soot and wax with a damp cloth and let dry.
  • Use your knife to thin the edge of the shell so birds can get a good grip.
  • Take two long pieces of twine or fat ribbons or rope or strips of recycled blue jeans and tack them to the bottom of the shell. Then bring them up four sides and tie at the top so the shell sits in the strings like a hanging planter. 
  • Hang the pumpkin feeder and fill it up with bird seeds, peanuts, those pumpkin seeds you saved and never roasted...
... and don't be surprised if your birds - or maybe the neighborhood squirrels - take a nibble or two out of the pumpkin.

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  1. That's a fun idea!

  2. Now that is a great idea to share both seeds and pumpkin with local wildlife. Unfortunately ours don't last here long once they've been cut (too warm).