DIY Pumpkin Bird Feeder and Bath

We have another fun craft for your fine feathered friends for you today! Doug and I had such a great time making these Pumpkin Bird Feeders and Bath, we are excited to share them.

I have been wanting to try the Pumpkin Bird Feeder since last year, when Doug’s Aunt Mary emailed me the idea from Martha Stewart. We started with that idea for inspiration and expanded on the idea and changed it up a bit.

Let’s make a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeders Supplies:

  • Pie Pumpkin {we bought one at the Pumpkin Patch for $1}
  • Gourd {again from the Pumpkin Patch}
  • Twine
  • Small Sticks for the perches
  • Scissors
  • Fence Staples to hold the twine in the bottom of the pumpkins
  • Drill and Bits {depending on what size hole you need for the perches and opening in the gourd}

  1. Cut the pumpkin about 1/3 from the top
  2. Clean it out completely and drill the holes for the perches
  3. Insert sticks into the holes
  4. Insert fence staple into bottom of pumpkin and run twine through

After we got the feeder done, we decided it really needed a roof to keep the rain out of the feed. So we used the top from the pumpkin, added some thicker sticks and added the roof.

  1. Drill holes for the larger sticks
  2. Drill holes in the top
  3. Insert the sticks
  4. And then push the sticks in the base of the pumpkin

While we were at the Pumpkin Patch picking out the pie pumpkin, we decided to get a gourd and make another feeder.

  1. Drill a hole in the gourd with a 1 1/4 ” wood boring bit
  2. Clean out the gourd the best you can
  3. Drill a hole for the perch
  4. Add the small stick

Attach the twine to the gourd the same way you did on the pumpkin, with a fence staple. Hang from the tree using a little wire.

Now let’s make the Pumpkin Bird Bath

You will want a pumpkin that is wide and flat. I couldn’t find the name of the variety, do you happen to know?

  1. Cut off the top 1/3 of the pumpkin
  2. Pop off the lid
  3. Clean it out completely
  4. Place it in the yard and fill with water

We placed the Bird Bath on top of a pot of cat nip that we had near the Front Porch this Summer, and then cleaned up the top a little, sat it on the ground and added some feed. The chipmunks and squirrels have enjoyed it! I think the Pumpkin Feeders and Bird Bath are a little eclectic, but I think they are super cool! And, not counting the Pennington Bird Seed that we had left from the Bird Seed Ornaments, we spent only $6 for all them!

Do you have feathered friends that would love these little Pumpkin Feeders and Bird Bath? I bet your kiddos will love helping you make them too!

Linking to…Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Frugal Friday, Made by you Monday, Get Your Craft On, Saturday Night Special


  1. Genius… my kids would love this project!We have plenty of pumpkins left from the garden as well.
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  2. Stacie says:

    These are awesome ideas for use of a pumpkin. If I had the area and a tree to put it in I would give that bird feeder and bird bath a try.
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  3. Amanda says:

    ADORABLE! I can’t wait to do this project with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

    Much love,
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  4. Lori says:

    Those are too cute! Everyone is celebrating Halloween, even the birds!!
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  5. Lisa says:

    Such a cute idea!
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  6. sue says:

    how cute! I’m going to make one of these with my kids this weekend…what a great idea!
    found you through gina’s blog!
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  7. D says:

    Great idea that just adds to the seasonal decor! I’m sure our feathered friends will love you for it too!

  8. oh my gosh, i love this idea! they are fabulous, especially that hanging pumpkin!
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