It’s spring in Florida! Well, to most it probably would feel like summer, but it’s our version of spring. Birds are out, flowers are blooming, wasps are back (ugh!), so I thought what better way to celebrate the return of spring than to make an upcycled bird feeder.
I’ve had a giant bag of birdseed sitting in my garage forever. I planned to make bird feeder favors for my son’s baptism (almost 2 years ago), but didn’t have the time. One morning after my usual coffee run (that green Siren just calls my name), I realized I forgot my reusable cup and was planning to recycle the plastic cup when I realized I could re-use it to make those bird feeders I never got around to making 2 years ago. I also thought my breakfast orange would make an adorable roof, so I got to work to feed our feathered friends.
Upcycled Bird Feeder
Here’s what you need:
- 1 plastic container (I used a tall Starbucks cup, but yogurt cups work nicely too)
- 1 unflavored gelatin packet
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup birdseed
- Yarn or twine (length depends on how and where you want to hang it)
- Dowel or stick (I had unused candy sticks, but chopsticks or even a twig would work)
- Half an orange
Put 1/3 cup water in small saucepan, add gelatin packet, and turn heat on.
When water/gelatin begins to simmer, remove from heat and stir in birdseed.
While mixture cools a little, put the string into the cup. I swirled it around on the bottom.
Add birdseed into container. Try to keep the string centered and pack the birdseed in.
Poke hole in cup and insert dowel/stick.
Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Scoop out (and eat) inside of half an orange. Bonus points for getting a navel orange because there’s already a nice hole in the top of it. If not, be sure to poke a hole at the top for the string to come through.
Cut container to get the bird feeder out.
Place orange “roof” on top and pass the string through the hole.
Hang and admire 🙂