How to Make Bird Treats 01:35

Make your own bird treats (and feeders) and they'll flock to your door!

Step 1

Prepare the Baskets

Use a sharp knife to cut the oranges in half. With a spoon, scoop out the fruit into a bowl, working carefully to avoid cutting through the rind. Don't worry about getting out every bit of fruit; it's fine if some sticks to the rind. Set the removed fruit aside for snacking or fruit salad.

On each of the four rinds, use a small wooden skewer or a nail to poke one hole in the rind, then make another directly opposite the first hole. Thread the end of one piece of string or twine through each hole (use the skewer or nail to help push it through the holes, if necessary) and tie it.

Step 2

Mix the Filling

Mix the Filling

Mix the Filling

Place peanut butter in an empty bowl. Add 1 cup cornmeal or rolled oats and 1/4 cup raisins or sunflower seeds (if desired) and stir or knead them into the peanut butter. The resulting mixture should be slightly sticky. If it's more crumbly than sticky, chop up a tablespoon or two of the fruit you removed in the previous step and work it into the mixture to add moisture.

Step 3

Fill the Baskets

Fill the Baskets

Fill the Baskets

While holding the string or twine handle out of the way, pack some of the peanut butter mixture into each of the four rinds.

Step 4

Natural Handmade Birdfeeders

Natural Handmade Birdfeeders

Hang the Basket Outdoors

Carry the filled baskets outside and hang them from a shrub or tree for the birds to enjoy. Deciduous shrubs and trees with short, sturdy twigs are ideal; evergreen shoots may not be sturdy enough to support the weight of the baskets.