We did a lot of nature crafting this winter. Not only for our Nature Pals, but also to satisfy our own crafting addiction. These orange macrame bird feeders were one of my favorite parts of a natural holiday decoration installment the girls and I did in our local elfin oak forest.
After we cut the orange in half, and scooped out the yummy stuff we cut 8 equally length strings. I didn't measure, but maybe an arms length.
We tied them all together at the bottom, then sectioned the strings out in pairs into four different sides (north, south, east, west). Those pairs, we tied into knots, about an inch away from the very bottom knot.
Next, we divided the pairs of string into new pairs, pairing neighbors strings together. And then tied those into knots about an inch or inch and a half up from previous knot.
Then we slipped in the orange half filled with bird seed into the newly formed string cradle and tied another knot with all 8 strings at the top so that we could hang it on a tree. A very simple macrame project that our neighborhood birds have been happy to snack from.
Along with our orange macrame bird seed holder, we dried some citrus slices and strung up some festive cranberries. The birds seemed to love the bird seed and cranberries best!