How To Make Bird Feeder Citrus Cups

Did you know that February is National Bird Feeding Month? And, yes, I’m aware that I am writing this in May but it’s still true.

National Bird Feeding Month became official in 1994, thanks to Illinois Congressman John Porter. February is one of the most difficult months for birds to make it through so the idea was to encourage people to help the birds by providing shelter, easier access to food and things like that. Things like bird houses!

Not that we should need a reason to support them but don’t forget that birds are helpful for insect control and weed control. Also, they are cool. I love watching them is great for your mental health. Oh, look at that! I made it relevant to this month which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

So with that in mind, I wanted to share how to make an adorable Bird Feeder.

Here’s what you need:

  • An orange or some type of citrus
  • yarn
  • Large eye plastic needles

Get Your Orange!

Cut a citrus fruit in half, squeeze out the juice and scoop out the pulp.

Time For The Yarn!

Cut four pieces of yarn to equal lengths.

Using a smaller hook than the one I have here, poke four even holes, and thread the yarn through. I made the mistake of using a crochet hook which turns out, makes it much easier to rip the outside of the orange. So do what I say, not what I do, ha, and get something like this, instead! Large eye plastic needles

Tie the yarn together at the top.

Add That Bird Seed!

Then add bird seed! If you manage to do this without making a big mess then you will be one up on me! You actually might want to find a spot outside to hang it and then pour the birdseed. That could save you from the joys of trying to sweep up birdseed from your floor, ha.

Since birds can eat oranges, this is pretty much a no-waste set-up. (With the exception of the yarn, of course) The birds will thank you and who are we kidding, the squirrels will thank you too. lol

This is a fun activity for almost any age group. I made these with residents at an assisted living facility and then later, that same day, I made one with a toddler. The toddler needed a little extra help but he enjoyed it. 🙂 So, let me know if you make a bird feeder. I would love to hear how it goes!


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