How to Make a Cool Birdfeeder out of a Pinecone!
One of the best things about living in Montana is that natural beauty and abundant wildlife are never more than a short drive away. If you don’t feel like taking a drive, why not get some of that wildlife to come to you? Many species of beautiful wild birds can be brought to your doorstep using a birdfeeder. During winter many birds will be grateful for a reliable source of nutrition and will keep returning so that they can be observed and appreciated. A fun and easy project that you can do with your kids is to make a birdfeeder out of a pinecone. No matter where you live, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids and appreciate nature!
Things You Will Need:
- A Large Pinecone
- Peanut Butter (The peanut butter can be mixed with oatmeal or cornmeal also)
- Twine or Fishing Line
- Paper Plate
- Butter Knife
How to Assemble Your Birdfeeder:
- Cut a long length (3-4 ft.) of your twine or fishing line.
- Tie the twine in a knot around the pine cone near the top (about 3 sections down).
- Tie a knot in the end of the twine.
- Use the knife to spread peanut butter inside the pine cone and around the edges. Be sure to cover it well!
- Sprinkle the birdseed over the paper plate.
- Roll the pine cone in the birdseed that is on the plate.
- Hang the bird feeder on a tree that can be easily viewed from a window of your house.
- Enjoy watching the birds that come to feed!
Here’s a helpful link for identifying all of the birds that come to your new birdfeeder.