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DIY Tutorial: Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder

Updated: Feb 16

Two birds on a DIY Pinecone bird feeder

Bird watching is a delightful pastime that brings us closer to nature and fosters an appreciation for the beauty of our feathered friends. One way to attract birds to your garden or outdoor space is by providing them with food, and what better way to do so than to make a pinecone bird feeder? This simple DIY project is not only fun and easy for the whole family but also a wonderful way to contribute to the well-being of local bird populations.


Before we get started, let's gather the materials you'll need for this project:


Materials you need to make  a DIY Pinecone Bird Feeder


  1. Pine cones (freshly collected from outdoors or purchased from a craft store)

  2. Birdseed (a mix of seeds preferred by local bird species)

  3. Peanut butter or suet (to act as a binding agent)

  4. String or twine

  5. Spatula or butter knife

  6. Plate or shallow dish

  7. Scissors



Instructions:

Now that we have our materials ready, let's dive into the fun part: make a pinecone bird feeder!


1. Prepare the Pine Cones: 

Begin by collecting or purchasing pine cones for your project. If you've collected them from outdoors, make sure they are clean and dry. If necessary, you can gently shake off any loose debris or dirt.

Child Holding Four Pinecones



2. Tie the String: 

Cut a length of string or twine, approximately 12-18 inches long, depending on how and where you plan to hang your bird feeder. Tie one end of the string securely around the top of the pine cone, leaving the other end free for hanging.

Pinecone with Piece of string tied to the top



3. Coat with Peanut Butter or Suet: 

In a plate or shallow dish, spread a generous amount of peanut butter or suet. Using a spatula or butter knife, carefully coat the surface of the pine cone with the peanut butter or suet. Make sure to cover the entire pine cone, including between the scales, as this will act as the adhesive for the birdseed.


Child Spreading Peanut Butter onto Pinecone


4. Add Birdseed: 

Once the pine cone is coated with peanut butter or suet, roll it in birdseed until it is evenly covered. You can gently press the birdseed onto the pine cone to ensure it sticks well.


Child Dipping Peanut Butter covered Pinecone into Birds Seeds



5. Hang and Enjoy: 

Finally, it's time to hang your pine cone bird feeder! Find a suitable spot in your garden or outdoor space where birds frequent, such as a tree branch or a shepherd's hook. Secure the free end of the string to the chosen hanging location, making sure the feeder is stable and easily accessible to birds.


Child hanging up Pinecone Bird Feeder Outside

6. Mission Accomplished:

Make a Pinecone bird feeder .... well done!



Tips and Tricks:

  • Experiment with different types of birdseed to attract a variety of bird species to your feeder.

  • Hang multiple feeders at varying heights to accommodate different bird sizes and feeding preferences.

  • Keep an eye on your feeder and replenish the birdseed as needed, especially during colder months when food may be scarce for birds.

  • Consider placing your feeder near a window so you can enjoy watching the birds up close from the comfort of your home.



Conclusion:

Make a pinecone bird feeder is a delightful activity that not only brings joy to your family but also provides essential nourishment for local bird populations. By following these simple steps and incorporating your own creativity, you can create a welcoming haven for birds in your outdoor space. So, gather your materials, unleash your imagination, and embark on this rewarding DIY adventure today!

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