One of our favorite Fall crafts to make is the pinecone birdfeeder. The boys love it because they can get messy and sticky and play with the birdseed!
Scrap Yarn or string or twine (or whatever you want to use to hang up the pinecone birdfeeder)
Butter knife or something to use to spread the peanut butter mixture onto the pinecone
We have a lot of pine trees in our yard so we are able to just go outside and pick the pinecones we need right off of our lawn. I then get together the peanut butter and cornmeal. I’m not sure of the exact reasoning behind it but I have always been told to mix the cornmeal into the peanut butter because the birds need the cornmeal to help digest the peanut butter. I have no idea how factual that is or isn’t but I add the cornmeal because I don’t want to take the chance of making a bird sick! The amount of peanut butter that you want to use just depends on how many pinecone birdfeeders you want to make. When I add the cornmeal I usually add about half of the amount of cornmeal compared to the peanut butter. I like to be able to see the cornmeal in the peanut butter after I mix it.
Once the peanut butter and cornmeal are mixed I tie yarn to the pinecones so that we will be able to hang them on the trees. We have found out by experience that it is better to tie the yarn onto the pine cone before you spread the peanut butter on it. It’s not so messy that way. Depending on the age of your child, you can have them help you tie the yarn onto the pinecones.
Once the yarn is attached to the pinecones you can go ahead and spread the peanut butter/cornmeal mixture onto the pinecones. I use a butter knife but the boys use their kids’ safety knifes that are smooth. You could probably even use a popsicle stick or a craft stick too. We like to spread the peanut butter mixture pretty thick so that we can stick a lot of birdsead to it.
Once the peanut butter mixture is on the pinecone you can pour birdseed over it. We keep our birdseed in a big bucket so that it’s easier to fill our birdfeeders so sometimes the boys will pour the birdseed over the pinecone and other times we just drop the pinecone into the bucket of birdseed and roll it around. I lightly pat the birdseed onto the peanut butter so that the pinecone gets pretty full.
Once you have finished putting the birdseed on your pinecone birdfeeder you just need to hang it up. We just hang them up on various trees in our yard. I love to see the pinecone birdfeeders hanging in the trees because I always remember how much fun the boys had making them and hanging them up. Some of the pinecone birdfeeders are hung up high by mom and dad but a lot of them are down on lower branches where the boys can reach to hang them up.
This is a fun and simple Fall craft project that we like to do every year and that my mother did with my brother and I as children. I tried doing this last year with the boys and we did it in the kitchen. I think that I was cleaning up birdseed for a week! This is definately an outside project or, at least, in the garage. I learned that from experience!