From Xplor for Kids
January 2016 Issue

How to: Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder

Publish Date

Jan 01, 2016

Birds search for seeds, berries, and other foods all winter long. By February, pickings are slim, and feathered foragers have a tough time finding enough to eat. Help out by making a bird feeder. You’ll need pine cones, yarn, peanut butter, and bird seed.

  1. Gather a bunch of pine cones. Tie yarn or twine around the top of each one.
  2. Use a butter knife or Popsicle stick to cover the cones with peanut butter. Fill all the little spaces.
  3. Pour birdseed into a small tub or cake pan. Roll the cones through the seed. Press firmly so plenty of seed sticks to the peanut butter. Keep rolling until each pine cone is completely covered.
  4. Tie your pine cones to sturdy branches where you can keep an eye on them. In no time, hungry birds will arrive for a feast! When your pine cones are picked clean, reuse them to make new bird feeders. 

To learn more about backyard birds and what to feed them, visit


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This Issue's Staff:

Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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