What can you do with three overripe apples? There are several answers to this question, one of which is to make applesauce, and that would have been my choice did we not have an abundant supply already on hand. Instead, I chose to make some simple little bird feeders for those who have not traveled south yet, or who may be sticking out the season with us humans. I was inspired to do this by an image I saw online that included bird feeders made from a coconut half, a string of peanuts, and an unidentified ball of seeds and goo.
I simply sliced my apples in half, and then used a chopstick to help me poke a hole through each half horizontally and feed some scrap yarn through. I then dabbed a little peanut butter on each one and sprinkled some pumpkin and sesame seeds on top. I hung them in the trees in my yard for the birds (and most likely, the squirrels as well) to find and enjoy. As I was doing this, my new upstairs neighbor came down and saw me hanging apples and photographing them. He asked me if I was looking for squirrels. I think he now must wonder about my mental health.
This would be a great project to do with kids. I am sure they would enjoy learning to tie knots, spreading the peanut butter and sprinkling the seeds, and then finding the perfect spots to hang them. Not to mention, checking each day to see if there are signs of nibbling, and possibly even keeping a nature journal on it.
I hope my little creature friends enjoy!