Why 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.
Materials you will need for each pinecone feeder:
- A large, open pinecone
- Vegetable shortening, lard or suet
- Oatmeal or corn meal
- A few feet of string, fishing line or twine
- Mixing bowl
- Butter knife
- 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.
Assemble your materials.
Tie a string around the wider, stem end of the pinecone.
Mix ½ cup vegetable shortening (or alternative) with ½ 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.)
Thoroughly spread the mixture over the pinecone with a butter knife or back side of a spoon.
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.
Suspend the feeder from a tree branch outside.