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Project

Sunflower Bird Feeder

Introduction

Resources: Dried sunflowers can be purchased at pipestemcreek.com. Floral wire and twine are available at your local crafts store.

Materials

  • Two large sunflower heads (preferably 'Russian Giant' or 'Russian Mammoth')
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Floral wire

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Allow two sunflowers to dry in a cool, well-ventilated place so that mold doesn't form. When drying, wait for the heads to turn brown and the backs to turn yellow.

  2. Step 2

    Once dry, cut off the head of the sunflower. Alternatively, you can purchase predried sunflowers online or at a local farmers' market.

  3. Step 3

    Using a Phillips-head screwdriver, make two small holes about 1 inch apart in the middle of each dried sunflower head; push the screwdriver through the soft underside of the flower, creating the hole.

  4. Step 4

    Hold each sunflower back-to-back, seeds facing outward, with holes aligned. Holding the floral wire horizontally, thread the left end through the left set of holes, and the right end through the right set of holes. Once both ends are out the other side, twist the ends together. Create a loop at the end of the wire to hang the sunflower on. Be sure to cut off any excess. Hang the sunflower from a tree or fence.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, September 2006

Reviews (5)

  • Sherylann55 21 May, 2010

    I did not know that, what a great idea and I will try it. Weather the birds or squirrels eat it is fine with me.

  • barbarajl 21 May, 2010

    Whenever I grow sunflowers I hang the flower heads up for the birds in the fall. The squirrels will take a chunk here and there, but they still last quite awhile. I usually just cut the stalk about 6 inches below the flower and string it to a tree. I also leave the flowers on my buddleias and the birds feed off these all winter.

  • Dragonf1y 21 May, 2010

    It's easy to grow your own. A packet of seeds is cheap, too!

  • karene 21 May, 2010

    Nice idea but it won't last a minute if there are squirrels around.

  • k4bass 5 May, 2009

    a great place to purchase dried sunflower seed heads is at www.calistamarket.com

    they have great products and service