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Pinecone Bird Feeders: A Fun, Easy, and Educational Project to Make with Your Child

Are you looking for a delightful and educational activity to enjoy with your children? Creating homemade bird feeders is a fantastic way to introduce them to the wonders of nature while fostering creativity and spending quality time together. In this step-by-step guide, we'll show you how to craft simple pinecone bird feeders with your kids using just a few simple ingredients. So, roll up your sleeves, grab some pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed, and let's get started!


Materials You'll Need:

Pinecones (gathered from your yard or local park)

Peanut butter (or alternative spread for allergies)


String or twine

Butter knife or spatula

Plate or tray for spreading birdseed

Small bowl



Step 1: Collect Pinecones

Take a nature walk with your kids to gather pinecones. Choose ones that are dry and fully open, as they make the best feeders.

Step 2: Assemble Your Materials

Lay out all the materials on a clean and spacious work area. You may want your kids to wear aprons or old shirts to protect their clothes.


Step 3: Secure a Hanger

Cut a length of string and tie it securely around the top of the pinecone. Leave enough string to create a loop for hanging.


Step 4: Prepare the Peanut Butter

Scoop some peanut butter into a small bowl. You can warm it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it easier to spread, but be cautious not to make it too hot.


Step 5: Coat the Pinecones

Using a butter knife or spatula, carefully spread a generous layer of peanut butter all over the pinecones. Make sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies. This will serve as the "glue" for the birdseed.

Step 6: Roll in Birdseed

Hold the peanut butter-covered pinecone over a plate or tray filled with birdseed. Let your child roll the pinecone in the birdseed until it's completely coated. Gently press the seeds onto the peanut butter for better adhesion.



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