DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder

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pumpkin bird feeder

Looking for a unique way to use your pumpkins during the fall season?

In addition to carving pumpkins for Halloween, here’s an easy DIY that the whole family can get involved in. I’m all about recycling, and this is perfect for fall or for those post trick-or-treat pumpkins. This adorable pumpkin bird feeder DIY won’t take long to attract some lovely visitors, too.

If using a newer pumpkin, you can use the seeds to make delicious roasted pumpkin seeds.

This won’t last forever but you will get another week or two out of your pumpkins, plus it’s a fun and creative DIY!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder


Supplies Needed

  • Small/Medium size pumpkin
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Hammer
  • Jute rope
  • Wooden rods
  • U-shape fence nails
  • Bird Seed



Cut pumpkin 1/3 way down from the top all the way through.


Scoop out all the seeds and clean out the middle. Discard the top.


Add 12″ wooden rods to pumpkin easily with a hammer as shown.


Crisscross rods like so. Now turn pumpkin upside down.


You will be using 4 u-shape fence nails. I purchased a box for $5 at The Home Depot, but you might have a few in the garage.


Gently hammer a u-shape fence nail into the bottom of the pumpkin but keeping enough space to let the rope pass through. Hammer in these fence nails on all 4 sides of the bottom of the pumpkin.


Pass the rope through the u-shape fence nails. You will want to leave 3 feet of rope on each side to give you enough rope to hang once done.


Making sure you crisscross the rope. I did not want all the weight on the wooden rods so this helps balance the pumpkin evenly.


You can wrap each rope around the rod to secure the placement.


No tieing required. Now it’s time to hang it up.


Gather all the ropes and make a knot at the top to secure everything in its place.


You can hang this off a hook on your porch or even on a tree.

This was so fun and easy for the whole family. And I’m sure the birds will love it just as much as we did making it.

 For other easy fall DIY ideas, check out out these fun crafts!

Join The Discussion

Comments 10

  1. CJ

    I am so doing this with our pumpkins after the season! What a GREAT idea!

  2. Lori

    Such a smart idea! Thanks

  3. Cristine

    This is such a cute idea! I always get way too many pumpkins to bake all of them anyway.

  4. anne

    Love this idea!

  5. Anna

    Hello rats and rodents😬

    • kim

      …and mold

    • Jess

      Yeah, and that’s going to start stinking really quick.

  6. Lisa JP

    So cute. Wish it wasn’t illegal to feed birds in the city I live in. At least I can find hummingbirds.

    • Sue

      What city is that?

  7. Dee

    Please don’t do this. The bird seed will grow mold from sitting in a wet pumpkin and this will kill the birds.

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