Pumpkin Feeder

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on October 21, 2020 with No Comments

Don’t toss your jack-o’-lantern after Halloween. Turn it into a feeder for neighborhood birds.


• birdseed • strong twine or cord

• hollowed-out pumpkin

• two wooden round pegs or rods


1. Cut off the top of the pumpkin, as shown. (or use our example 2.)

2. Poke a wooden peg into the pumpkin a few inches down from the top edge you just cut. Push it straight out through the opposite side of the pumpkin.

3. Poke the second wooden peg through the pumpkin so it crosses just under the first peg.

4. Cut the twine into four equal lengths. Tie a strand to each peg, as shown. Then tie the loose ends together in a

large knot at the top.

5. Fill the pumpkin with birdseed, and then hang it in your yard.


Make several small holes in the bottom of the pumpkin to let rainwater drain out.  If you don’t want seeds to spill out of the pumpkin’s face, you can line the feeder with a sheet of newspaper before filling it.

photo by Mark Godfrey


Large birds and small mammals will eat pumpkin seeds if you offer them in your yard. Collect seeds from your pumpkins, before composting them, and let the seeds dry. Please don’t add salt or seasoning. Place seeds on a flat surface, tray, shallow bowl, or mix in with existing bird seed in your garden.


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