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How To Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders

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A pine cone bird feeder will help attract birds to your yard.

Pine cone birdfeeders hanging from trees

Photo © Flickr user Daniel Hughes
Pine cone bird feeders are a good way to invite feathered friends to your backyard. This is especially important during the winter months when food may be scarce. These feeders are easy enough for even young children to help create.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Coat the Pine Cone

    Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter over the entire pine cone.

  5. Roll in Birdseed

    Place the birdseed in a pie plate. Roll the pine cone in the birdseed until thoroughly covered.

  6. 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.

Tips:

  1. You can also use suet, shortening or lard.

  2. Add dried fruits and nuts for an extra energy source.

What You Need

  • Pine cones
  • Birdseed
  • Ribbon/yarn
  • Pie pan
  • Peanut butter
  • Butter knife

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