Choose Pine Cones
Gather or buy pine cones that are fully opened. If you need to open them yourself, place on a foil-lined cookie sheet at 200F for up to 1 hour. Watch carefully due to the small chance of smoke or fire.
Choose the Right Birdseed
There's more than one kind of birdseed, and each one will invite different types of birds. Use this guide to choose the right type.
Tie the Ribbon
Cut the ribbon/yarn to the length desired. You can make it longer and tie more than one per string. Tie a knot to the top of the pine cone.
Coat the Pine Cone
Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter over the entire pine cone.
Roll in Birdseed
Place the birdseed in a pie plate. Roll the pine cone in the birdseed until thoroughly covered.
Feed the Birds
Hang from a tree in your yard. Have fun and keep track of what kind of birds visit your pine cone bird feeder.
You can also use suet, shortening or lard.
Add dried fruits and nuts for an extra energy source.
What You Need
- Pine cones
- Pie pan
- Peanut butter
- Butter knife