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Beautiful apple bird feeders that are simple and fun to make as a whole family. They hang easily in the backyard and birds love them.
This DIY Apple Bird Feeder is a fantastic activity to complete with kids of all ages and we, especially my husband, always love watching the visitors we get once these go up in the yard. I remember making these in elementary school and bringing them home to enjoy. It’s fun to bring those memories into my kid’s lives. These bird feeders are great any time of year. Many birds migrate for the winter, but some stick around.
Check out these simple steps to create your own apple bird feeder and watch the backyard birds feast.
Can You Put Apples in a Bird Feeder?
Fresh fruit, especially sweet-smelling apples will attract all sorts of birds to your backyard! If you want to see birds and other wildlife in your yard, make a DIY bird feeder. All you have to do is cut apples into slices or in half and remove the large seeds. Fill the apples with bird seed or sugar water for hummingbirds. Try making these Apple Bird Feeders below to get started.
Materials to Make DIY Bird Feeders
If you don’t already have these materials, you can find them at your local supercenter (like Walmart) and craft stores. Any kind of apples will do. The larger the better for more peanut butter and bird seed coverage. Your feathered friends will thank you.
- Wild Bird Seed
- Peanut Butter
- Sharp Knife
You may end up needing a tapestry needle to thread the twine through the apple core. You can find these and other craft supplies online or at Michaels Stores. They’re a great tool to have on hand for crafts and activities like these.
How Do You Make an Apple Bird Feeder?
Making these bird feeders is simple. They make a beautiful garden decoration, you just have to swap them out from time to time and replace the mixture of bird seed. It’s a fun activity for the whole family. Check out how easy it is.
- To start, cut an apple in half. You don’t need to core the center of it, but do make sure you can thread a piece of twine/jute through it. I recommend doing this before the next step.
- Spread peanut butter on the apple half. I like to cover the front and the back.
- Dip your covered apple into birdseed and press lightly so the seeds stay in place.
- Tie your thread into a knot if you haven’t already and hang them from a tree branch or fence post.
This is a wonderful way to teach your kids about wildlife and all of the amazing creatures that live around you. These tasty treats will invite birds from all around.
Which Birds Would Eat Apples?
Many birds enjoy the taste of apples, but some you might see after making this bird feeder include the eastern bluebird, gray catbird, northern cardinal, American robin, scarlet tanager, pine grosbeak, cedar waxing, norther flicker, and red-bellied woodpecker! These easy bird feeders will attract plenty of birds and other wildlife as well. You might see deer or squirrels trying to eat your apple feeders.
Other DIY Bird Feeder Ideas
If you don’t want to use apples, this same bird feeder can be created using a pine cone or a paper towel tube. Just wrap twine around pine cones or tubes of different sizes. Spread peanut butter on them to hold the bird seed in place and watch as the animals enjoy this special bird treat.
What Do I Do with the Leftover Apples?
If you buy a giant bag of apples and can’t fit them all in your trees, try making a yummy treat or snack for the kids. These Apple Slice Cookies are a tasty snack that everyone will enjoy. Cut the apple slices much like you did to create the bird feeders, top with peanut butter or any other creamy mixture, and then add nuts, candies, coconut, and more! They will become a snack time favorite!
I just know you and your kids will have so much fun creating these homemade bird feeders and apple treats! They’re an easy and environmentally friendly way to feed the little birds in our community. Enjoy!