Make a Rustic Fresh Fruit Bird Feeder for Your Feathered Friends

Make a Rustic Fresh Fruit Bird Feeder for Your Feathered Friends

This time of year I can’t help but think about our feathered and furry friends outdoors. I have previously made a few treats, like the bird seed wreath, however I always seem to have fruit on hand that for some reason or another that ends up starting to go bad before we get around to eating it.

Instead of tossing it in the compost, I put together a quick rustic handmade bird feeder to give it one last opportunity to be consumed.

Materials Needed:
Scrap Wood or 1 X 1 Square Garden Stakes
Metal Kitchen Skewer
Wood Glue
Metal Wire

Additional Materials Needed:
Miter Saw, Hand Drill, Finishing Nail Gun

I used some scrap wood I had laying around and cut the ends of four pieces on a 45º angle for the frame. The frame is a simple square so all the pieces were cut the same size – mine measured 7 inches long on the inside cut.

Holes were drilled through two of the pieces – making sure the diameter of the drill bit was larger that a metal kitchen skewer.

The square frame was put together using Gorilla Wood Glue and tacked into place with finishing nails. Two smaller pieces of wood were then cut on a 45º angle along with a straight connector piece to assemble the perch, {which is optional}.

A metal kitchen skewer was then threaded through one of the drilled holes, punched through the center of the apples, and threaded through the hole on the other side of the hanger.

In the end you have a simple rustic birdfeeder to offer the your left over fruit to the feathered {and sometimes furry} friends.

I’ll be checking out the links to the Sunday Showcase party today and posting some features later tonight. Have you checked out this weeks giveaway – a fabulous rug valued at over $300 is up for grabs from ESaleRugs {you just have to leave a comment here to enter}.
Hope your holiday week is off to a great start ~ Enjoy.

p.s. The Bird Seed Wreath instructions can be found here. Thanks Apartment Therapy for the mention a few weeks back!


  1. You star! This is just so clever 🙂

  2. My dad enjoys feeding and watching the birds during the winter, so I plan on your making the birdseed wreath. Thanks for the idea!

  3. AWESOME…I love how it looks..I could make one of these for my yard and will..Thanks for the post..

  4. LOVE this idea, have added it to my must make for xmas!

  5. This is such a nice design. Using a skewer is genius! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

  6. This is a good way to treat your feather friend and by this they will really be happy.

  7. Oh that is too pretty! Love it. Very creative!

  8. Hello! I’m a new follower and discovered your blog thru Funky Junk-I love your workroom! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you post.

  9. This is a great idea -even as a housewarming gift-wondering about the wreath feeder-how far ahead could we make those before giving as a gift? or do they immediately have to be hung outside? TIA -Kathy

  10. This is so lovely! I’ll have to copy the apple idea, even if I can’t get around to building the frame. Thank you for sharing. Does anyone know what kinds of birds will eat this? I’m a UK transplant to the Southern USA and it’s weird not knowing the kinds of birds I see in my garden.

  11. Thanks for the idea and instructions! I never want to throw the apples, etc in the yard or the 10 lb dog would eat it all and be sick, lol. I have to take it way back and throw it over a fence and sometimes I’m to lazy.


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