You Will Need ...
  1. Pinecone (the bigger, the better!)

  2. Peanut butter

  3. Spatula

  4. Bowl for peanut butter

  5. Bird seed

  6. Bowl for bird seed

  7. Pipe cleaners

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Step 1: 

First, make sure that your pinecone is free of loose dirt, pine needles, and cobwebs. A quick brush with a dry dish brush will do the trick! Once your pinecone is prepped, it's ready for a pipe cleaner hanger. Bend a pipe cleaner in half and wrap it around the pinecone. Slip the pipecleaner between the "leaves" and pull it until it reaches the "core."

Step 2: 

Wrap one end of the pipe cleaner around and around to secure it. Leave one end sticking out.

Step 3: 

You should have a bit of pipe cleaner sticking out from the side of the pine cone; you'll use this to hang the cone later.

Step 4: 

Using a spatula (or butter knife), spread your peanut butter over the pinecone. I suggest scooping your peanut butter into a separate bowl, so you don't risk transferring any pinecone bits back into your jar! Make sure to get as much peanut butter on the cone as you can, filling in the nooks and crannies.

Step 5: 

Once your pine cone is completely covered, dip it into your bowl of bird seed. Twist and roll it until you've stuck bird seed to as much peanut butter as you can! If you don't want your fingers to get messy, hold your cone by its pipe cleaner.

Step 6: 

That's all there is to it!

Step 7: 

Take your Pine Cone Bird Feeder outside and loop the pipe cleaner around a branch to hang it. Try hanging it by a window, so you can watch the birds enjoy their feast!

Age: 
Toddler
Preschool
School-age
Basic: 
Food
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children