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If you eat the grapefruit for breakfast by digging out the meat with a sharp spoon, you'll have a grapefruit skin bowl perfect for feeding our feathered friends.

It's also a great gift for a bird watcher or anyone who loves nature.

If you're allergic to peanuts you can get suet from the butcher. Melt it in the microwave and wait until it is almost cool to work with it.

If you want to discourage squirrels from raiding this feeder, you can ask your adult helper to sprinkle a little cayenne pepper over the top. The birds won't taste it.

{Makes 1 bird treat}

You'll need:

  • 1/2 a grapefruit skin
  • 1-1/2 cups of bird seed
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter or melted suet
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • 2 36-inch lengths of yarn
  • A little adult help


  • Measuring cups
  • Scissors
    1. Ask you aunt or whomever's helping you to cut the tough white parts out of the inside of the grapefruit bowl.
    2. Mix a little of the bird seed into the peanut butter at a time. If you're allergic to peanut butter you can use suet. You want all the seeds to stick together. We used organic peanut butter without emulsifiers so we had to mix the oil into the butter really well first.
    3. Fill the grapefruit skin most of the way to the top.
    4. Ask for help threading the skewers through the grapefruit bowl. You want to start them about 1/2 inch or more below the top so they don't pull out so easily. Make a cross with the skewers.
    5. Heap the rest of the bird seed-peanut butter mixture into the bowl.
    6. Lay the two lengths of yarn together then fold them in half. Make a knot at the top leaving a loop to hang on a tree branch or hanger.
    7. Tie one end of the yarn to each end of the skewer. By moving the yarn back and forth you can balance how the feeder will hang.
    8. Hang the feeder outside your window so you can enjoy the antics as the birds try to gobble up all the seeds.

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