Pinecone Bird Feeder – Children’s Project

Pinecone BirdfeederWhy not help your favorite winter birds stay warm and full during those chilly months. It’s as easy as following these step-by-step directions for making a pinecone bird feeder.

Sticky Pinecone Bird Feeder

Materials you will need for each pinecone feeder:

  • A large, open pinecone
  • Vegetable shortening, lard or suet
  • Oatmeal or corn meal
  • Birdseed
  • A few feet of string, fishing line or twine
  • Mixing bowl
  • Butter knife
  • Spoon
  • Scissors
  • Pie tin, paper plate or cookie sheet
  • ½ cup measuring cup

Optional: High-energy bird foods such as dried fruit (cut in small pieces), chopped nuts, sunflower seeds or millet.

STEP 1:

Assemble your materials.

STEP 2:

Tie a string around the wider, stem end of the pinecone.

STEP 3:

Mix &#189 cup vegetable shortening (or alternative) with &#189 cup oatmeal or corn meal in a mixing bowl until well blended. (This amount will cover one large pinecone or two or three smaller ones.)

STEP 4:

Thoroughly spread the mixture over the pinecone with a butter knife or back side of a spoon.

STEP 5:

Pour the birdseed into a pie tin or on a paper plate or cookie sheet. If you choose, you can add any of the optional high-energy foods to the birdseed. Then roll the pinecone in the birdseed until well covered.

STEP 6:

Suspend the feeder from a tree branch outside.

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About Mike Perry

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