How to Make a Pumpkin Birdfeeder

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How to Make a Pumpkin Birdfeeder

Happy October! It’s officially pumpkin season – pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! I’m not ashamed to admit that I love all things pumpkin!

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In the spirit of the season (pumpkin season that is) why not grab your kiddos (younger or older!! This is great for all ages!), get crafty, and make some of these cute birdfeeders? This project really is fun and simple.

If you grow your own pumpkins, that’s perfect! Put them to good use making these little birdfeeders! If you don’t grow your own, that’s okay too. Just start your project off by buying some small pumpkins just for this purpose.

You can really make these pumpkin birdfeeders with any size or type of pumpkin you wish. In fact, this would be a terrific use for an old jack-o-lantern! We made ours from small table-size pumpkins like the ones in the photo below.

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The next part is a job for a grown-up. You’ll need to carve out the top of each pumpkin.

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After you carve out the top, let your kiddos use spoons to dig out all the pumpkin guts. Fun stuff, let me tell you!

How about some pumpkin jokes while your children dig out the pumpkin innards? Are you ready?!

Why was the jack-o-lantern afraid? (He had no guts!)

What do you get if you drop a pumpkin? (Squash!) 

How do you fix a broken pumpkin? (With a pumpkin patch!)

And, for those with older kids: What do you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? (Pumpkin Pi!) 

Okay, I apologize for the jokes! But we all need to have fun now and then, right?

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If you have chickens, they would probably be happy to help clean out the pumpkin innards!

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Next poke four holes in the sides of each hollowed-out pumpkin. While you’re doing that, have your kiddos find two sturdy sticks per pumpkin. (Or you can find longer sticks and break them into pieces for this project.)

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You’ll need to thread the sticks through each pumpkin in a cross shape as seen in the photo below.

Then tie some string to the ends of each stick to create a hanger. At this point, all you have to do is fill up your pumpkin birdfeeder with bird seed and hang it out for the birds to enjoy!

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I’m sure the birds in your yard will love it and be very grateful!

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The fun doesn’t have to end there, though! Some fun spinoff pumpkin projects to do after you’ve made your birdfeeder could be saving the pumpkin seeds for next year’s garden or roasting the pumpkin seeds for a yummy snack! … that is if your kids didn’t feed them to the chickens first. 😉

What are you doing with pumpkins this Fall? I’d love to know! Share in the comments! And if you make a birdfeeder, come back and show us a picture or tell us how it went! 🙂

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  1. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this idea!!! My kids keep asking me if we can cut open the small pumpkins I buy early every year. I have never had a reason to do anything but paint them! Well, this year nothing’s going to waste! We will be making some of these to hang outside our front window trees! thank you so much for sharing this great project!

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