How to Make Bird Feeders Out of a Gourd

How to Make Bird Feeders Out of a Gourd
Gourds make good birdhouses but also make beautiful bird feeders. Gourds are a natural, renewable source that blend well into the environment. The variety of gourd shapes create visual interest in any yard or garden. Gooseneck Gourds are particularity elegant for feeders.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Large dried gourd (Birdhouse Gourd, Bottle Gourd, Dipper Gourd, Gooseneck Gourd or Basketball Gourd)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Bench vice
  • Small keyhole saw
  • Eye lag screw
  • String or wire
  • Varnish or paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
Step 1
Secure the gourd in the vise.
Step 2
Draw an oval shape in the center of one area of the gourd. The size of the hole will influence the type of birds that are attracted to your feeder. If you want to attract house wrens make the hole 1", for downey woodpecker 1 1/4" and use suet for food, nuthatch 1 1/4" and use birdseed for food, hairy woodpecker 1 5/8" and use suet for food, chickadee 1 1/2", and purple martin 2 1/2".
Step 3
Cut out the oval shape using the keyhole saw.
Step 4
Remove the seeds and any fibrous material from inside the gourd. Remove gourd from vise.
Step 5
Paint or varnish the gourd. White is more likely to attract purple martins if they are in your area. If you decorate your gourd with paint choose a natural, environmentally safe product. Let the gourd dry for a week before hanging outdoors.
Step 6
Screw the eye lag into the top of the gourd.
Step 7
Thread the string through the eye lag hole and tie the string to a tree branch.
Step 8
Fill the gourd with bird seed or suet depending on the types of birds you wish to attract.

Tips & Warnings

Suet is the preferred food choice for birds who feed on insects during the summer.
Adult supervision is advised when cutting with a keyhole saw.
Bird feeders should be wiped clean monthly to prevent the spread of disease.

Article Written By Jamie Hobbs

Jamie Hobbs graduated from Central Washington University with a BAed. She has been writing for Demand Studios and Suite 101 since 2008. Mrs. Hobbs work has also been printed in Yakima Family Times.

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