Easy Apple Bird Feeder (Great for Kids!)

5 Materials
1 Hour

How to make an easy apple bird feeder. This is a great project for kids to make with minimal help. Then hang it in the yard and watch the birds through the window. My kids like watching the birds, and the cats love it too!

You can use either peanut butter, vegetable shortening, lard, or gelatin to make this apple bird feeder. If you use gelatin, you will need to assist kids because it is hot.


You'll need an apple, 1 cup peanut butter or lard or shortening or 1 pack unflavored gelatin or, twine, and 2 cups bird seed.

Cut the Apple

Cut the apple in half and scoop out the core to make a place for the bird seed. Then spread peanut butter or lard or shortening on the apple and add bird seed. If you are using gelatin, prepare it per the directions on the box and mix the bird seed in it while it's still warm.


Cut four pieces of twine. Tie them together at the top and at the bottom. Set the apple on the bottom knot and move the twine to make a nest of sorts.

Hang It

Then hang it in a tree. I put mine outside of the living room window so we can see it.

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  • Joanie Joanie on Oct 14, 2020

    I like your idea, but I can see the squirrels tearing into this. For birds I believe it needs a covering?


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  • Marcam1977 Marcam1977 on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Joanie. I was thinking the same of the squirrels. They are relentless buggers. I love the initial idea though! And if anyone has any thoughts or ideas how to "remedy" this apple anti-squirrel feeder, that would be great.

    I've used HOT PEPPER FLAKES in my regular birdseed planters and it did keep the squirrels at bay. I had to use A LOT OF RED PEPPER FLAKES mixed within the feed. It WON'T harm the birds! It won't harm the squirrels either, but it will deter them.

    • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Oct 14, 2021

      I've used liquid pepper similar to Tabasco sauce. A squirrel started nibbling on my pumpkin and I just slingged the liquid all over it. It looks like blood and is more "Halloweenie"

  • Schel Ruiz Schel Ruiz on Oct 18, 2020

    Thanks for sharing! I'm excited to do this with my grandson. He will love it!