Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Try-It Tuesday: Pinecone Bird Feeder

 This is such a fun and easy project for kids of all ages to do, even my two year old. If you have been reading my blog for a while no, then you might remember that a couple years ago I blogged about doing it with my 3 year old (now my almost 6 year old). You can check out that POST too.

It's a simple project and all you need is a pinecone (we found these big ones at an area park), peanut butter and some bird seed.
 Start b spreading peanut butter over as much of the pinecone as you can cover. The peanut butter is what causes the birdseed to stick; so the more surface space the peanut butter covers the more bird seed you can put on.

I recommend either taking out the peanut butter you are going to use before applying it or waiting until your jar only has enough left to use to make one. That way you are not contaminating your peanut butter with any sap or dirt from the pinecone.

The next step is to sprinkle bird seed over the top. We put our pinecones over egg cartons when we were pouring the seed so that we could catch the excess seeds.
 We were at the end of our seed bucket, so there was a lot of seed dust that got on our peanut butter.

We also tired some twine to the top so that we could easily hang it.

What kind of bird your attract to this feeder will depend upon your location, type of seed you used and the level at which you hung it. My son really wanted to hang it on an apple tree by himself and this was as high as he could reach, which might mean it becomes more of a squirrel feeder since it is so low.

1 comment:

Janna Lamison said...

we did these with Pete's mom on our last trip out to PA before she died. I have special memories attached to this project.