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This is a popular Home and Garden Idea Fair project offered in the Kid’s Zone. If you cannot wait to make a pinecone bird feeder with our employee volunteers, you can make one at home in ten minutes or less.
- Large open pinecones
- Peanut butter (or other nut butters)
- Bird seed
- Blunt knife or popsicle stick
- Large bowl or cookie sheet
- Cut a 10-inch piece of twine for each pinecone.
- Tie the twine around the top of the cone.
- Tie it against the cone.
- Tie another knot at the top so it forms a loop.
- Use a blunt knife or popsicle stick to smear peanut butter on the woody scales of the cone.
- Fill in the spaces using as much or as little as you want.
- More peanut butter will hold more seeds.
- Using a bowl or cookie sheet, sprinkle the birdseed over the cone letting it stick to the peanut butter.
- Try rolling the cone in the seed.
- Which method helps the seed stick better?
- Shake off loose seed back into bowl or onto cookie sheet.
- Hang the pinecone feeder from branches for the birds to feast on.
- Did you know that, in the winter, birds need a high-fat diet? This is a perfect solution!
- Do you notice any other animals checking out the bird feeder – maybe a squirrel?
- How many varieties of birds visit the feeder?