Pinecone Bird Feeder

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How to Make Pinecone Bird Feeders

Today’s project is a tried but true idea – a pinecone bird feeder. There’s something about fall that makes you want to get outside. Maybe it’s the crisp air, or the all the wonderful colors. For boys, there are endless discoveries to be made.

Part of the fun in this project is undoubtedly the trek to find the perfect pinecones. Any excuse to get out into the woods is a good one. We are fortunate to have woods bordering one side of our property, so our journey was an easy one.

Hunting for Pinecones

How do you know a boy is a redneck? He wears boots with his shorts.

Hunting for Pinecones

We had some help from Captain America.

Once you have found enough pinecones, gather the rest of your supplies.

You will need:

Fishing line or string

Peanut Butter (plus a knife or spoon to scoop it out with)

Birdseed (You can always use nuts or sunflower seeds, but birdseed is pretty cheap.)

Paper Plates


Use the fishing line or string to make a loop for hanging the pinecone. We looped the fishing line around the pinecone, and then tied it up top, leaving a bit of length for hanging. (In hindsight, it might be easier to tie one end to the pinecone, and leave the other end open to tie to the tree branch.)

Tie string to the pinecone.

Dab the pinecone into the peanut butter, turning it to coat all sides.

Repeat with the birdseed.

Rolling the pinecones

Once all the pinecones are thoroughly covered, you get to go back outside to find a hanging spot for your bird feeders! (We recently trimmed quite a bit of our lower hanging branches, so the boys had fun jumping for branches to pull down to hang their pinecones on.)

Hanging pinecone bird feeders

Once hung, wait for the birds to show up. This can also double as a great learning tool for naming the different species of birds without it seeming like a lesson. Win-win!

How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder

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