The hardest part of making this pine cone bird feeder craft was finding bird seed in bags of less than 5-zillion pounds! My daughter loved it and was actually able to help quite a bit.
What you need to make a simple bird feeder:
- A pine cone
- Peanut butter
(Note – use soy butter instead if your child has a peanut allergy!)
- Bird seed
- Plastic baggie
Start by cutting a ribbon about 24″ in length. The idea is to make it so that squirrels can’t easily reach your delicious bird seed. I think it’s better to attach the ribbon first so that you don’t get peanut butter and seeds everywhere later on.
Next, smear peanut butter all over your pine cone bird feeder. This part is kind of messy. We worked to make sure we got some peanut butter in between the various layers of the pine cone for maximum bird seed coverage.
(Leave the ribbon sticking out of the top of the bag so it doesn’t get covered in peanut butter.)
Take it outside and hang it from a tree with the ribbon loop you created. We put ours right outside the kitchen window so we can see if any birds come to enjoy a snack.
ETA: I may just need to face reality and rename this post “Squirrel Feeder Craft for Kids.” *sigh*
I make the pine cone feeders too, but warm the peanut butter in the microwave, pour in a bowl, add lots of birdseed, put on rubber gloves and pack the pine cones with the mixture, then roll in plain birdseed. I wrap each one in saran wrap and place in the fridge to firm up a bit. These are great and easy to make gifts that are eco friendly