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How to Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder – An Easy Craft Idea for Home | Kid Friendly Things To Do

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

Make these easy DIY bird feeders with the kids using simple to find supplies at home. 

Ingredients

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, and 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.