Orange Cup Bird Feeders – an easy bird feeder craft for kids

Easy Orange Cup Bird Feeders to make with toddlers and preschoolers!

The hooligans and I love making homemade bird feeders to help our neighbourhood birds and squirrels make it through the long winter season.  To keep things fun and interesting, we never make the same bird feeder twice.  We may use a similar technique or similar ingredients, but the end result is always  different, so we’ve made some really unique bird feeders over the years.

Today we’re making orange cup bird feeders using leftover orange halves and simple pantry ingredients.  We’ve been making fresh-squeezed OJ with breakfast this week, so we have an abundance of orange cups at the moment.  They’re too pretty to toss them in the composter, so we upcycle them into bird feeders!  That way, they’ll add a pop of colour to our landscape, while providing a meal for the wildlife in our yard.

Homemade bird feeders made with orange cups, nuts and fruit - Happy Hooligans


Ingredients for Orange Cup Birdfeeders:

Some empty orange cups and a variety of nuts, berries and seeds and grains.

Use whatever you happen to have in your cupboard,  just as long as a bird or a squirrel can make a meal of it.

For our bird food, we used:

ingredients for homemade bird feeders made from orange cups = happy hooligansHow we made our bird feeders:

My helper poured all of the ingredients into a shallow pan and gave them a good stir.

mixing the ingredients for homemade orange cup bird feeders

Doesn’t this look good?  Kinda makes you wish you were a bird, huh?

nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for our orange cup bird feeders

Mixing the bird food with your bare hands is great fun too!   The sound, the smell and the feel of the mix as you run your fingers through it makes for a wonderful sensory experience.

stirring the mix for our bird feeders

Then I melted about 1/4 cup of butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter together over low heat.

Pour a tablespoon or two of the peanut butter/butter mixture into each cup.

This will firm up as it cools and provide a base for your bird-food to bind to, and keep it from falling out of the cup.


peanut butter base for orange cup feeders

Now sprinkle a handful of your nut and berry mix into the cup and pat it into the base.

filling our feeders with grains and nuts

Today we headed outside with our bird feeders, and we scattered them throughout the gardens in our backyard.  To keep them in place, and to prevent the high winds from blowing them away, I speared the bottom of each orange with a sturdy twig or branch.  I’m happy to say that after a full day of really high winds, the feeders stayed in place.

homemade bird feeders speared onto twigs

Now we’ll just have to watch and see if the birds and squirrels find them!  We’ll keep you posted.

Update: It took a few days for the birds and squirrels to find our feeders, but when they did they picked them clean!

Apparently, if you don’t feed the birds regularly, they won’t know to stop at your place for a munch.  Because these were the first feeders we’d made this season, it did take the birds a while to realize we’d put food out for them.  Next time, they’ll likely notice a little quicker.

For more easy bird feeders, check out our:

Cheerio bird feeders

Fruit and Grain Bird Feeders

Cereal and Blueberry Bird Feeders

Milk Jug Bird Feeders

Corn and Chestnut Bird Feeders

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  1. funatchelleshouse says

    We watch several squirrels through our big sliding glass door…My lil guy gets a giggle out of it. I keep meaning to set something out for them to eat maybe come a little closer for us to watch…I think this idea would work great!

    Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  2. Magali says

    My 7,5 and 2yo (and me!) just made these!
    They really enjoyed it and I used it as part of our reading lessons as well as teaching about birds, fruit and nutrition.
    I love your blog!!

  3. says

    Thanks for linking up the orange cup feeders! We made something quite similar a couple of years ago! It was great to have the reminder.

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