This winter, we made a simple pine cone bird feeder to feed the winter birds in our yard. You will love this simple, quick kid’s craft.
Winter is creeping along and we are still trying to get outside every day, even if it is just for a little bit. In the morning, I hear the few winter birds that remain in our yard singing as the sun comes up. It made me think about how nice it would be to make them a few birdie snacks for our yard, so I decided to have the kids make them these simple pine cone bird feeders.
The best thing about this craft is that it doesn’t take a lot of time, supplies, or make a huge mess. The worst part is cleaning up peanut buttered hands, which isn’t too bad.
To prepare, I had Liam go on a pine cone hunt in our yard for our bird feeder craft. He came back with a bag full. I brought them in to tie on twine and quickly realized that they were filled with hundreds of bugs. I should have known, but it slipped my mind, so I quickly decided to bake them to kill the bugs. Easy fix.
Prepare the Pine Cones
To prepare your pine cones, place your them on a lined cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half. That should be enough to kill anything hiding in your pine cones. Now, they are prepped and ready!
Pine Cone Bird Feeder Supplies
- Pine Cones
- Bird Seed (most grocery stores carry “wild bird” seed)
- Peanut Butter
Steps for making Simple Pine Cone Bird Feeders
- Bake your pine cones to kill bugs
- Tie a length of twine to the top of your pine cone so you can hang it outside
- Place a small square of parchment paper on the table where each kiddo will do his/her craft
- Put a large spoonful of creamy peanut butter on one corner of the parchment paper
- Pour Bird seed in a dish large enough to roll the pine cones in
- Have kids smear peanut butter on the pine cones, smearing in the direction of the pine cone petals
- Once covered, roll the pine cones in the bird seed.
- Hang outside for birds to enjoy!
To be honest, this is one of the easiest crafts I’ve done with the kids in a long time. Yes, they had peanut butter on their hands. Yes, I had to vacuum up some bird seed, but it wasn’t much at all and the kids loved getting to put their hands to something.
Sometimes, that’s all we need to get us through these long, winter days- something to put our hands to.
Now, we wait and watch for little chickadees to come nibble on our pine cone bird feeders.