In this DIY guide, we’ll create a bird feeder using a simple yet versatile item — a pinecone. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the beauty of nature right outside. One way to reconnect with the outdoors is by inviting feathered friends into your patio sanctuary. Learn how to make a cute DIY bird feeder out of a pinecone! Outdoor crafts like patio painting parties are great family activities and a lively addition to any patio environment.
- Large pinecone
- Peanut butter (or an alternative nut butter)
- String or twine
- Butter knife
- Plate or shallow dish
- Small bowl
- Optional: dried fruits, nuts, or sunflower seeds for added variety
1: Gather Your Supplies
Start by collecting all the materials needed for your pinecone bird feeder. A larger pinecone will provide a sturdy base. Peanut butter, birdseed, and other optional treats will entice a variety of birds to visit your patio.
2: Tie the String
Cut some string or twine approximately 12 inches long. Tie a secure knot around the top of the pinecone, leaving enough excess string to hang your feeder. This step ensures your feathered visitors will have easy access to their dining spot.
3: Prepare the Peanut Butter Mix
In a small bowl, scoop out a generous amount of peanut butter. If you have allergies or prefer an alternative, almond or sunflower seed butter works just as well. Soften the peanut butter by leaving it at room temperature or microwaving it for a few seconds. This will make it easier to spread onto the pinecone.
4: Coat the Pinecone
Using a butter knife, carefully spread the softened peanut butter over the surface of the pinecone. Ensure an even coating, getting into the crevices to create a sticky surface that will hold the birdseed.
5: Roll in Birdseed
Place a generous amount of birdseed on a plate or shallow dish. Roll the peanut butter-coated pinecone in the birdseed, making sure to cover it entirely. Press down gently to ensure the seeds adhere well to the peanut butter.
6: Add Optional Treats
For an extra special touch, consider adding dried fruits, nuts, or sunflower seeds to the birdseed mix. These additional treats will attract a diverse range of birds to your homemade feeder.
7: Hang and Enjoy
Once your DIY pinecone bird feeder is ready, find the perfect spot on your patio to hang it. Sit back, relax, and watch as birds flock to your creation. Turn your patio into a haven for nature’s winged wonders in addition to a relaxing spot for you.
Creating a bird-friendly environment on your patio is a rewarding experience and a delightful way to connect with nature. This simple DIY pinecone bird feeder adds a touch of charm to your outdoor space. For a more visual tutorial, watch this video on how to make a pinecone bird feeder. Your local bird population will thank you! So, roll up your sleeves, embrace your creative side, and let the birdwatching adventures begin!