One of my favorite projects I did with the girls last month was making pine cone bird feeders. After an unseasonal warm-up, we had more than 18 inches of snow dumped on us. I felt for those poor birds. For the next week the temperatures stayed in the 20’s and the ground was 100% covered.
During our weekly grocery shop we picked up some bird seed for our feeders and I let the girls make these pine cone feeders for the front bushes. It was one of the funnest projects we did.
After minutes of hanging them, the birds were busy eating. Within 48-72 hours, the squirrels ran away with the remaining picked-off pine cones to finish devouring the peanut butter.
Here’s how we made our feeders:
What you will need:
- 1 large pine cone
- String or twine to hang the feeder
- 1 butter knife
- 1 cup peanut better (we used chunky)
- Bird seed
Step 1: Find the top of the pine cone and wrap the twine or string around it a few times. Make a knot and provide a few extra inches to tie around the bush or place you want to hang it.
Step 2: Use the knife to spread the peanut butter so it covers your pine cone. This can be a little messy.
Step 3: Roll your peanut butter covered pine cone around on the seeds until completely covered. *it’s best to use newspaper to do this part
Step 4: Then hang your feeder and wait for the birds. 🙂
I have also heard that Crisco works to hold the seeds to the pine cone as well.