Make a DIY pine cone bird feeder in minutes with this simple craft activity for kids

Looking for a creative activity to do with kids that gets them outdoors safely? Try this family’s fun, nature-inspired project: DIY pine cone bird feeders. 

In the Yahoo Life series, Crafting with Kids, in which families from across the country share craft ideas, Kristall Mosler, who lives in Los Angeles with her two children, Siena, 4 and Elliot, 2, explains how to make bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and birdseed.

Watch how Kristall, Siena and Elliot make theirs in the video above, and read on for their tips and instructions so you can make them too.

Kristall Mosler's DIY pine cone birdfeeder (Courtesy of Kristall Mosler)
Kristall Mosler's DIY pine cone birdfeeder (Courtesy of Kristall Mosler)

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Pinecones

  • Peanut butter

  • Butter knives (or another tool for spreading peanut butter, like a spoon or paintbrush)

  • Birdseed

  • Twine (or string)

  • Twigs (optional)

Tip: If you don’t have pine cones, you can use empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls instead. 

How to make a pine cone bird feeder:

  1. Using a butter knife, spread the peanut butter onto the edges all around the pine cone.

  2. Sprinkle the birdseed onto the pine cone, so the seeds stick to the peanut butter. It’s best if you do this over something to catch the seeds as they fall, like a baking tray.

  3. Attach the twine to the top of the pine cone. 

  4. Place a twig in between the wedges of the pine cone, if you are using twigs. This will create a spot for the birds to perch while getting the seeds. 

  5. Hang the pine cone bird feeder wherever you’d like in your yard.

For more fun ideas and activities for kids, follow Kristall’s Facebook group, Preschool from Home.

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