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.
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.)
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.)
Dab the pinecone into the peanut butter, turning it to coat all sides.
Repeat with the birdseed.
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.)
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!
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