Want to get started with bird watching but have no idea how? We found these two fun and easy projects for attracting birds in The Backyard Bird Lover’s Ultimate How-To Guide by Sally Roth. The book is packed with lots of simple projects and bird feed recipes, and info on everything from birdbaths to translating bird language. Enter a comment below for a chance to win the book!
How-To: Citrus Feeder
I’m not much of a carpenter, but even I can knock this feeder together in a few minutes. All it takes is a piece of scrap wood plus eye hooks, wire for hanging, and two big nails – one to spear the fruit and one to serve as a perch.
- 1 piece scrap wood, 2 x 4, about 6 inches long
- 2 eye hooks
- 2 20d nails (20-penny, which are 4 inches long)
- Floral wire, about 18 inches long
- Orange half
1. Screw the eye hooks into the top end of the board, centered and about 2 inches apart.
2. Measure and mark spots for the nails. Hammer one into the front center of the board and offset the other about 1 inch from the bottom edge and 1 inch from a side edge.
3. Double the floral wire and run it through the eye hooks, twisting the ends together. This will be your hanger.
4. Push an orange half cut side out onto the center nail, and hang the feeder. Now comes the hard part: being patient until the birds find it!
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