Making pinecone bird feeders is a fun activity with the kids in the fall and winter. In this post, I will share how to make pinecone bird feeders in three easy steps!
Kids love making these pinecone birdfeeders!
But watch out! These DIY pinecone birdfeeders are messy! Which makes them even more fun, right?!
Ready?! Let’s get crafting!
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Can Birds Eat Peanut Butter?
Yes! Birds can eat peanut butter!
It’s a good source of healthy fats for them, especially in the wintertime when they need to make their calories count. learn more >>
What Kind of Bird Like Peanut Butter?
Most birds will happily eat peanut butter!
The most popular birds that will eat peanut butter include:
Larger nut-loving birds, including thrashers, grackles, starlings, blackbirds, and jays, may also try peanut butter.
Supplies for Pinecone Peanut Butter Bird Feeders
The best way to get yourself pinecones to make your bird feeders is to go out for a nature walk with the kids. Bring a few bags and collect pinecones for your project.
If you don’t live in an area with pinecones, don’t worry!
Pinecones are readily available online and at most arts and crafts stores.
2. Peanut Butter
I buy the biggest and cheapest peanut butter I can get my hands on! You can use natural peanut butter, but it’s not necessary.
3. Wild Birdseed
I buy wild birdseed online, at any home improvement center, or Walmart.
3. Twine or String
You’ll need jute twine to tie to the top of the pinecone as a hanger. I use twine for many different crafts and projects year-round. I buy this natural jute twine online.
4. Misc. Supplies for Pinecone Bird Feeders
- Craft scissors
- Paper plates + Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Newsprint to cover work surface
Make Pinecone Bird Feeders Without Peanut Butter?
Wondering how to make pinecone bird feeders without peanut butter? No worries!
If there is an allergy to peanut butter in your home or you do not have peanut butter, you can substitute peanut butter with the following:
- Suet or lard softened
- Vegetable shortening
- Coconut oil
- Sunflower seed butter
- Pumpkin seed butter
- Alternative nut butter, such as almond butter
DIY Pinecone Bird Feeders in 3-Easy Steps:
1. Make a Hanger for Your Pinecone Bird Feed
Cut out a piece of twine or string about 12 inches long and tie it to the top of your pinecone.
Make a slip knot around the top of the pinecone and then double knot it.
You can leave the two loose and ready to tie onto a tree later, or you can tie the ends of the twine together, making a loop to hang the pinecone.
Make sure you attach the twine to the pinecone before you add the peanut butter and birdseed.
2. Spread Peanut Butter on Your Pinecone
Get ready to get messy!
Put the Pinecone on a paper plate or a baking sheet, and consider covering your work surface with newsprint.
Using a butter knife or a craft stick, spread the peanut butter all over the pinecone, making sure to get the peanut butter in the nooks and crannies of the pinecone.
Once you’ve got your pinecone covered in peanut butter, it’s birdseed time!
3. Roll the Pinecone in Bird Seed
I like to put the bird seed in a bowl or on a paper plate and roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone gently in the birdseed.
You can also sprinkle the birdseed on the pinecone to completely cover the pinecone.
When your Pinecone bird feeders are finished, set them aside to set.
Hang Your Pinecone Bird Feeder Outside
The best place to hang your pinecone bird feeders is outside in your backyard or somewhere where you will see the birds enjoying their yummy treat.
Use the twine or string hanger to attach the pinecone bird feeder securely to a tree branch where you have seen birds hanging around.
Wait and watch! The birds will come in no time to enjoy your homemade pinecone bird feeder.
How to Make a Bird Feeder Pinecone
Okie Dokie! There you have it! How to make a pinecone bird feeder in just three easy steps!
We have been making these fun bird feeders with the kids for years, and they have always been a fun activity!
And the birds love them! Have fun!
Until next time,