Today the sun was shining, the birds were singing a sweet song, and the air seemed warm enough to be considered spring time. It got me thinking about the crafts I have completed with my daughter in the past. One of them was a homemade bird feeder made out of pine cones that we had saved from the previous fall. I thought it might be a fun project that you could plan on completing with your child.
You will need the following items to make your homemade bird feeder:
- Pine cone
- Peanut butter
- Plastic knife
- Plain oats
- Sunflower seeds
- Paper plate
Follow these steps to make your homemade bird feeder:
Wrap an 18-inch piece of yarn around the top of your pine cone. Make sure the yarn forms a loop that you can slide across a tree branch. You want the pine cone to hang so that it looks like a Christmas tree-wider at the bottom than at the top.
Use a plastic disposable knife to smear peanut butter all over the pine cone. Try to get some in between the bracts as well.
Pour plain oats and sunflower seeds on a paper plate and mix them together.
Roll your pine cone over the oat and seed mixture until it is completely coated.
Set the homemade bird feeder outside on a branch that is frequented by birds. Go back in the house and watch the birds flock to the bird feeder.
Tip: In the past I have also used chunky peanut butter. I think the birds liked it just as much as the creamy peanut butter.