Pine cone bird feeders

finished bird snack

Was your peanut butter one of the ones that was recalled? Ours was, though we had already eaten 3/4 of the jar and I felt fairly certain that it wasn’t contaminated, but why risk it.

So I thought the perfect project for us to do was one that involved using up the rest of the peanut butter in the jar.

The supplies

For this you will need:

peanut butter
bird seed
wire or string

I used craft wire. Wrap it around the pine cone before you coat it in peanut butter. It will be too messy to do afterward.

spreading peanut butter

Spread the peanut butter on the pine cones. You don’t need a lot of it, just enough to hold the birdseed.

Roll the pine cones in a tray of bird seed.

Rolling the pine cone in birdseed

Then hang them outside on some low bushes or trees.

hanging them outside

We hung ours outside of our breakfast room window so we can keep an eye on them and see what birds come to visit.

12 Responses to “Pine cone bird feeders”

  1. Shelly Says:

    What a great idea! I’m glad you posted this. Our jar is only abut 1/4 eaten (same size as yours). I’m guessing our friendly squirrels will be duking it out for these however. It makes good entertainment, especially when we send the dog out to mix it up….

  2. Briana Says:

    I love your ideas on here. Dylan is a bit young for these projects still (or at least likely to poke out an eye or eat the peanut butter instead of actually doing said project) - but I’m keeping them tucked away in my mind for later on. Thanks for sharing.
    And please send some of that cold weather out my way. I’m getting kind of irritated at our lack of any kind of cooler weather. California is nice when you want to get AWAY from the cold, but not fun when you just want a break from the HEAT! Haha.
    Big hugs.

  3. Mary Anne Says:

    We used to decorate a small pine tree in our yard for the animals at christmas time.
    We’d use pine cones or suet cut into shapes and covered with peanut butter and seeds. We also made garland with popcorn and berries and raisins that we hung on the boughs for the birds.

  4. Chris Says:

    We have had one snow day and two sick days this week. These posts couldn’t have come at a better time.

    So far, we have done the rice thing, the treasure in the bottle thing, and the stilt thing (thought there was an unfortunate mishap that won’t go into. It involved stairs.) Thanks for posting all these great ideas.

    Right now, we are making a village of odd shaped creatures out of play-doh. And when I say odd, I mean odd. Honestly, it has been fun doing these new things with the kids. Thanks again!

  5. Amy Says:

    What a good idea–I was about to throw out our half-eaten, largest size-we-could-possibly-buy tub of peanut butter!! We’ll make some bird feeders instead! Thanks!

  6. Mir Says:

    Excellent, give the salmonella BACK to the birds. ;)

    I have given up on feeders of any kind. The squirrels eat it all.

  7. Maclaine Says:

    This might be the dumbest question in the history of ever but if I do this with the 2 containers of recalled peanutty goodness I have in my pantry, will I have a flock of dead birds in my front yard?

  8. angie Says:

    I agree with Mir. The last time I tried this, a squirrel knocked it down and pulverized it.

  9. Ang Says:

    We did this at a fall harvest at a local state park… my 2 year old wild child loved it!!

  10. Mama Duck Says:

    Good idea and I’m so jealous of the snow! I do wonder if it would make the birds/dogs/other creatures sick though…..

  11. Laurie Says:

    As I read your opening lines in my bloglines feed reader, I immediately had visions of your enchanting story about bird puke and runny bird poo all over your yard and vehicles. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. Keep us posted…there might be hope yet. ;)

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