Friday, March 18, 2011

Finally Friday...

Fine feathered friends.

Believe it or not, I've never before made these
simple pine cone bird feeders.
Turns out they're as easy as 1-2-3 to whip up
and hang in nearby trees.
Give the birds a day or so to find the feeders,
then stand back as the flurry of activity begins!

Materials to round up:

Pine cones, any bird seed poured into a shallow bowl
(birds in our neighborhood seem to like this mix,)
cheap peanut butter (or suet) and a knife or spatula,
20" lengths of string (yarn, twine, fabric strips,) scissors
and an extra bowl to hold all of the feeders.

No drilling required. Simply weave one end of the
string tightly around the core of the pine cone.
Tie a square knot as close to the pine cone as possible.

(Not shown,) at the other end of the string
Make a generous 3" loop for hanging, and tie a slip knot
at the bottom of the 3" loop. Pull to tighten.

Scoop out some peanut butter and slather it on!
No need to be fussy, just have fun.

Coat as much of the surface of the pine cone
as you can. Roll in seed (below.)

Holding the feeder by its string,
lift it out of the seed and place it in the empty bowl.
Make a few more feeders, and collect
them in your bowl for easy transportation
to the trees.

Black capped chickadees were first to
arrive at the party.
Mr. Cardinal, a few finches and junkos were
waiting in the wings.

And so was Stanley.

1 comment:

  1. I can remember making these with my son and 10 other boys who attended his 10th birthday party at Lime Hollow, a local nature area. It's not easy to keep 11 boys happily occupied, but they loved doing this activity!