Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pine Cone Bird Feeders - Is this February!?

The weather is so gorgeous this weekend - sun and above zero.  It really does feel like spring (deceptively so). And we've had sparrows nesting in our pine tree and chirping beautifully in the mornings for a couple of weeks now. So I decided we should enjoy the weather a bit and give the sparrows a gift to thank them for their cheerful songs.

I googled "peanut butter bird seed pine cones" and came up with a bunch of sites. It actually is just as easy as it sounds. Go figure! Here's the recipe I chose:

I had a bunch of pine cones stored in the crawl space for future crafts, so I pulled them out, along with all the necessary ingredients. Here's our prep:

Michael helped to mix the peanut butter and margarine. We used about 2 parts peanut butter to 1 part margarine, just to make it softer to work with.

While he mixed I tied lengths of yarn around the pine cones for hanging. Then the fun and messy part started - using the spoon to smoosh the peanut butter mixture into the cones and then roll them in bird seed.

My darling son did the first two, got distracted, and then mommy finished up. Here's our final result:

It was a lot of messy fun and super easy to make these.  Then we went outside and hung them in a couple of trees, and filled the birdfeeder with the leftover seed.

A squirrel was watching us intently, but the cones are still there tonight.  I'll try to keep an eye out to see if I can get a pic of any of our little birdie friends at their buffet. Hope they enjoy it!

Edited ---
Did not see any birds at the pine cone feeders, but did snap this pic this morning:

In case you can't see it, that is a squirrel hanging upside down from a tiny thin branch, grabbing the yarn on which the pine cone is hanging, and trying to pull the pine cone up within reach.
Sneaky friggin' rodents ...


  1. I LOVE this idea and can't wait to do it with the kids. We've only recently fallen in love with watching the birds in our backyard - this will certainly get them more excited about it! How fun!

  2. Yay! Let me know how it goes! We want to try it again with some warmer weather to see if we can get the birds more excited before the squirrels move in!


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