Make Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

We’ve decided to veer away from the ever-popular pine cone & peanut butter bird feeder. We’ve created this quirky alternative! It’s perfect for livening up your garden this winter and is super simple. See our step by step guide here.

Build Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

It’s good to provide food for the birds all year round but particularly in the winter when their natural food is sparse. Providing a good mixed feed will encourage a number of different species into your garden. Look out for robins, blackbirds, collared doves, woodpigeons and sparrows – they are some of the most common!

What You’ll Need

Build Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

  • A large orange
  • Bird Seed (make sure it’s suitable for wild birds)
  • 2 Small Sticks
  • String


Step 1 – Prepare your orange

First you’ll need to hollow out the orange. This step is very reminiscent of pumpkin carving at Halloween! Cut the top off the orange then circle round the pulp with a knife and scoop out anything that remains with a spoon – this bit should probably be left to the adults!

Build Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

Step 2 – Make somewhere for the birds to sit

Next we’re going to make somewhere for the birds to sit while they dine. Pierce a hole in the bottom of the orange using a sharp pencil then feed the stick all the way through. Repeat this step with your second stick, positioning it so the two sticks make a cross.

Build Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

Step 3 – Fill your bird feeder with treats

Fill your bird feeder with seed, make sure you pack it in nice and tight to fit as much in as possible.

Step 4 – Hang your bird feeder

Now tie a piece of sting to all four ends of the sticks and then tie them all together with a knot so you can hang your bird feeder.

Your bird feeder is ready! Wait for the birds to come and enjoy the feast you’ve laid out for them!

Build Your Own Winter Bird Feeder

If you need more more ideas, have a look at this brilliant recycled bird feeder guide from RSPB. It’s easier to build than you think and you only need a plastic bottle to make it.

Who knows you may even find yourself with a keen birdwatcher on your hands! It could even become a fun activity for the whole family. Just get a pair of wellies and a waterproof jacket and see how many species you can find. Click here for more play ideas for your brave explorers. Have fun!