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Pinecone Bird Feeder

Help feed some hungry birds this winter, with this easy project. A simple pinecone bird feeder makes an instant feeding station in your yard.


  • Pinecone-look for a large broader cone
  • Peanut Butter-any type chunky or smooth, birds are not picky
  • Birdseed-a mixed birdseed is perfect
  • Twine-important avoid fishing line because birds could become tangled.

Making the Feeder

  1. Shake, tap, or brush the pine cone lightly to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Tie the string or twine around the feeder, placing it two to three rows of scales below the wider end of the cone with the scales overlapping the string to hold it securely in place.
  3. Use the knife to coat the cone with a layer of peanut butter, as thick or thin as desired. Press some peanut butter between rows of scales, filling in larger gaps.
  4. Once the cone is completely coated with peanut butter, roll it in the birdseed in the shallow dish, pressing lightly to keep the seed adhered to the cone. Work the seed in between the rows of scales.
  5. Hang your feeder in a tree in a cool shaded area.

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