This Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft is simple to make with supplies that you’ll most likely have around the house. It packs a lot of fun with the kids and nature experience – all in one. Enjoy backyard birds while the birds enjoy a little snack compliment of you. Come on in and I’ll share the “how to” on this Pine Cone Bird Feeder – An Easy Craft Idea for Home…
During the cold winter months, these bird feeders last for days.
Go on a nature walk to find some pine cones. Once you’re back to base camp (or home), set out a few supplies to make these fun bird feeders.
If you have it, use bird seed with black sunflower seeds to attract a wide variety of birds and an occasional squirrel to watch from your kitchen window
Here are the Supplies and Instructions for Making a Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft with the kids…
- Protective covering for your table surface
- Paper Plates
- *a good alternative would be a foil cake pan that’s deep enough to hold a lot of bird seed
- Vegetable Shortening
- Plastic knife or silicone spatula for spreading
- Yarn – length will vary, but you’ll need a nice long piece
- Set the stage by placing a plate of pine cones on the table, next to a plate or bowl of vegetable shortening with spreading utensils (spoons, plastic knives, etc…),
- a plate of bird seed for each child (set these in front of the kids to use),
- pre-cut yarn
- an empty plate to receive the finished products
- Kids should spread the lard onto the pine cone
- – making sure it’s nice and thick
- Roll the pine cone into the bird seed – pushing it into the seed so they really get into the shortening
- Roll it again to cover the surface of the pine cone
- Attach a ribbon to the middle of the pine cone
- Hang in a location that allows you to view the wildlife
The birds love these feeders
*The best time to use a Pine Cone bird feeder made with shortening is during colder months. The warmer weather will tend to melt the shortening.
*If that is a problem for your climate, then you can trade the shortening for peanut butter. It will last a little longer in the sun.
- Here is an old picture from back when the kids were really little The squirrels love these bird feeders too.
Enjoy watching all of your work feed the little birds.
~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do