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How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

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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…Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft

During the cold winter months, these bird feeders last for days.

 Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft to Make at Home

 

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.

A winter bird feeder craft to make at home

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
  • Birdseed 
  • Yarn – length will vary, but you’ll need a nice long piece 

Instructions…

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • 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

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • Kids should spread  the lard onto the pine cone

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • – making sure it’s nice and thick

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • Roll the pine cone into the bird seed – pushing it into the seed so they really get into the shortening

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • Roll it again to cover the surface of the pine cone
  • Attach a ribbon to the middle of the pine cone

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

  • Hang in a location that allows you to view the wildlife

The birds love these feeders

Notes…

*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.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder How To

  • Here is an old picture from back when the kids were really little The squirrels love these bird feeders too. 

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder an Easy Craft to Make at Home

Enjoy watching all of your work feed the little birds. 

~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

How to make a DIY bird feeder out of a pine cone

 

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