Pine Cone Bird Feeders

I’d been meaning to make bird feeders out of toilet paper rolls with the kids when I saw Dana’s picture of her five-minute bird feeders on Instagram. Pine cones are much more beautiful than toilet paper rolls for spreading peanut butter on and rolling in birdseed. Agreed?

pine cone bird feeders

And it was perfect because I already had a couple baskets of pine cones that we’d collected in the fall.

I hyped up the project to the kids and took them with me to get the bag of birdseed. I love their excitable-ness at this age.

The project itself is very easy and perfect for young children. Also, I think I should start ranking a project’s engagement level by the amount of concentration tongue it elicits. 😉

concentration tongue while making pine cone bird feedersElora made several pine cone bird feeders, but with Danny, after the novelty wore off, things degenerated fast.

boy eating birdseed

Yes, that’s my boy eating the birdseed off the cement. (This, of course, alternated with sticky peanut butter licks.) Eating art projects is nothing new for this little guy. I’d also like to point out that I take no responsibility for that outfit. 😉

Meanwhile, back in the land of productivity, here’s how to make your own pine cone bird feeders:

What you need to make pine cone bird feeders

  • Ribbon, yarn, or string for tying the pine cones onto tree branches and scissors to cut it with.
  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Knife or other spreader. In hindsight, I realize a spatula would have been safer for the kiddos.
  • Plate for spreading the birdseed out.

How to make pine cone bird feeders

  1. Tie your ribbon around the pine cones. Tying a loop lets you hang your pine cone bird feeders easily.  It’s best to do this before the pine cones are sticky. Otherwise, your ribbon will get all goopy, as pictured below. Live and learn, my friends, live and learn. clean pine cone and finished pine cone bird feeder
  2. Pour some birdseed into a plate.birdseed for pine cone bird feeders
  3. Spread peanut butter generously all over the pine cones.spreading peanut butter on pine cones
  4. Roll the peanut-butter-covered pine cone in the birdseed.rolling pine cones in birdseed
  5. Set them out to dry a bit if you like, or hang right away.pine cone bird feeders hanging on tree

Just last night, as we dined al fresco, Elora-Belle asked what happened to the pine cone bird feeders. I noticed that they weren’t hanging on the trees anymore and assumed Dear had taken them down; he hadn’t, but they were definitely gone.

His theory: squirrel thievery.

Elora’s theory: “Maybe the birds took the pine cones off of the trees and brought them to their nests for their babies.” I like her thinking.



  1. papelesdecolor says:

    I think you need to check under Danny’s bed and make sure he didn’t swipe them!