DIY Fun With Kids: Pinecone Bird Feeder

by Dagmar Bleasdale on December 30, 2012

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Pinecone Bird Feeder

Are you looking for an easy DIY pinecone bird feeder tutorial? Here you go!

We made pinecone bird feeders at our last 4-H meeting, and it was a big hit with the kids and so easy.

pinecone bird feeder tutorial,

And we learned something interesting: we’re doing birds a favor by feeding them in the winter. Birds need to eat all day in order to maintain energy to stay warm and to survive in cold climates.

Some birds have to consume as much as their body weight every day. At 5° F, a sparrow can only live without food for up to 15 hours.

So have fun with the kids and make some bird happy!

Pinecone Bird Feeder Tutorial

You will need these supplies:

  • Pine cones
  • Paper plates
  • Butter knife or tongue depressors
  • Smooth peanut butter (I’d buy the one with less salt)
  • Birdseed
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Little cups

  • Get a large clump of peanut butter on the paper plate for every participant or put some in a little cup.
  • Use the knife or wooden stick to spread peanut butter on the pinecone.

  • Fill the little cups with birdseed. Sprinkle the birdseed over the pinecone and roll the pinecone in the birdseed on the plate.
  • Once you are happy with your bird feeder, cut a long length of yarn or ribbon to hang the bird feeder.
  • Tie the ribbon around the pine cone near the top and tie a knot in the end of the ribbon.

4-H pledge and DIY birdseed feederWe also made simple gift bags out of paper bags that we decorated with a stamp. Then we used a hole puncher to make a hole, and closed the bag with a ribbon.

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Our birds gobbled up this feeder in a day. Time to make more!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca January 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Hi Dagmar and Happy New Year! Thank you for your submission on Seasonal Celebration Wednesday at Natural Mothers Network! This is such a cute idea and I love your images too!
Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you are the featured post!


PragmaticMom January 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

That looks fun and easy. My kind of craft. I will have to get some bird seed to try it but how do you keep the squirrels from eating it? Ours are voracious!


Heather December 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Nice! The birds need all the help they can get in these temps!


Dagmar Bleasdale December 31, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Turned out nice, huh? Thanks for teaching us this DIY project and more about what the birds need in the winter!


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