How to Make a Sunflower Bird Feeder
In an attempt to enjoy the sunflowers a little longer I decided to cut all the heads off mine and make Sunflower Bird Feeders. Over the last few weeks we have had several days of high winds and it’s toppled the sunflowers to the ground anyway. I hate to have them on the ground it just attracts mice, and I don’t want any moving into my place for the winter, so I got out hubby’s machete and cut them all down. Wow that was a task let me tell you, the stalks are like bamboo. My oldest son got a good laugh out of my wielding the weapon and decided I would do more damage than good so he completed the task for me. He’s such a good kid.
I had several sunflower faces so I went around placing them in the crooks of trees at first and still had some left over. My shepards hook was empty since I took the hummingbird feeder down so I decided to make an easy DIY hanger for the sunflower heads. It took me all of 5 minutes to make and that included rounding up the supplies. The sunflower head can be changed out once the birds have picked this one clean, so no need to make a new hanger every time.
I kept a supply on my porch to refill with. Below is a diagram of how I rigged the whole thing. All you need is some twine, and a pair of scissors, it couldn’t be easier.
1. Cut a piece of twine and tie it off in a circle make sure it’s large enough to slip the stem into.
2. Cut and tie 6 twine pieces to the circle the length you need, mine are about 18″.
3. Slip the sunflower into the circle, flip the head over so you are looking at the seeds, and pull the 6 strands evenly around the outside making a basket for it to nestle into.
4. Tie twine at the top and hang from a shepherd’s hook.
An easy DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder. Your birds will thank you all winter long.
That is a great idea Dawn. I usually just put them in the tree branches or on the flat feeders. Of course there is always the greedy critter than takes the whole thing, so perhaps your hanging feeder idea might stop that.
Linda, yes it just may work for you by stringing them up. I think the racoons are crafty and may still find a way to get to them, but who knows.
This is awesome Dawn. It looks so pretty and feeds the birds it just does not get any better than that.
Thanks Kris, I hated to throw them away when I knew the birds would love them.
This is SO cute! What a creative idea!
Thank you Susan, such a quick and easy project with great return.
That is such a neat idea, Dawn! What a great way to use the sunflower heads and help the birds, as well.
Claudia, this is the first year I have saved them and so glad I did. The birds are enjoying them.
Really neat idea!!
Carrie, Thank you and the birds think so too.
So cool! I just saved the only one I grew this past summer and used it as decoration. They are one beautiful flower beginning to end 🙂
Bev, I agree…I used them in my fall decor too.
How nice Dawn..I’m sure the birds are loving it!
Nancy it’s fun to see the seed come up missing. I haven’t seen a bird in the act yet, but the head is being picked clean.
Dawn, what a great idea for the birds! Next summer I’m growing sunflowers and I’ll be doing this! You think of the most clever things!
Yvonne, you will love growing the sunny faces. They’re so expensive to buy in the stores and so easy to grow, it’s well worth it.
Dawn i just about jumped for joy when this one hit the inbox! My sunflowers and birdys thank you! Keep it coming ….8)
Mary, its so easy and fun to make and yes your birds will love it 🙂