Looking for a fun, relaxing craft and a way to interact with the great outdoors? With only a few simple steps, you can turn a pine cone into a delicious bird feeder to offer the winter birds in Michigan. Perfect for the whole family!
- Dried, open pinecones
- Peanut butter
- Wild bird seed of your choice
- Yarn or string
- A bowl and knife or spoon
Go on a walk and find a pinecone (or several!). You may want to place them somewhere warm - perhaps bring them indoors and set them near a heat vent so that they dry out and open up.
Cut approximately 6-8 inches of string per pinecone. Tie the string to to the top of the pinecone. Close the top loop with a knot or a bow. This is what will be used to hang the pinecone.
Pour some birdseed into the bowl.
Take your knife or spoon and smear peanut butter onto your pinecone.
Note: A lot of peanut butter will result in a more rounded pinecone. Little dabs will allow you to see the ridges of the cone scales. Birds and squirrels love pinecone birdfeeders of all shapes and sizes.
Roll your pinecone in the birdseed. Voilà! You have an adorable pinecone birdfeeder! Go hang it outside in a tree with pride.
Lauren Diamond's Unexpected Takeaways
Before I knew it, a squirrel scurried away with a whole pinecone! He did seem to enjoy his special treat.
I enjoyed this craft much more than I anticipated! It was very peaceful and I loved feeling connected to nature. My son helped too! (Although he may have been most interested in eating the peanut butter.) It put both of us in a good mood for the rest of the day!
If you give this craft a try, share a photo of your creation and tag us at @mipeninsulas. We'd love to see your pinecone birdfeeders!