Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Kids will have fun making this pine cone bird feeder. Winter is here and the food is scarce for our feathered friends. The birds will appreciate this special treat.


Age: 5 to Adult

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 1 out of 5


  • Tin pie plate 
  • wax paper
  • Plastic container 
  • Tablespoon 
  • Table knife 
  • Scissors
  • Peanut butter
  • 2 large pine cones 
  • Bird seed
  • jute twine 

For a more Christmassy Adult version, include this:

  • 3 feet of red ribbon 2.5 inches wide, for a bow
  • Glue gun/sticks

About the birds of the north...

There are some birds that leave and go south, to escape the frigid Canadian winters.  I can't blame them for leaving, we leave too!

Sighting the Canadian geese flying south in formation, is a sign that winter is coming. The bravest, hardiest birds, stay around and endure the cold. Brrr!

Chickadees, sparrows, blue jays, waxwings and cardinals, are a few of these winter birds. They will be extremely grateful to discover the pine cone bird feeder.

Ready to make the pine cone bird feeder?

Make a Pine Cone Bird Feeder

The kids version doesn't involve any additional fancy decorating. No glue gun to burn fingers, either!


Cut a piece of jute twine about two feet long.

Attach the string, by looping it around the pinecone, just down from the top.

Tie in a knot to secure.

Spread a 12 inch piece of wax paper on the counter.

Set the pinecone on the wax paper or in an empty pie plate. 


Use a tablespoon to scoop about a 1/2 cup of peanut butter into a plastic container.

Get a big gob on a table-knife, out of the plastic container (don't scoop directly from the peanut butter container.)

Wipe the peanut butter onto the pinecone. Cover it all over, especially down into all those nooks and crannies. No finger licking!


Pour half a cup of birdseed into a large tin pie plate. 

Dip the peanut butter covered cone, into the bird seed filled pie plate.

Push it in and roll it all around.

Use your fingers, to push the seed in, so it sticks well.


Tie a big loop in the opposite end of the string. 

This will be used to hang the pine cone bird feeder.

Kids may need some assistance with this part... especially if their little fingers are goopy, from all that ooey, gooey fun!

You're finished! Now, you can take this outside and hang it from a tree branch. The birdies will Thank You!


For the Adult version: 

If you wish to make this into a more Christmassy version, just add a nice big bow. 

Hot glue in place, just below the loop in the jute string.


Put two pinecones together and make an all you can eat buffet, for the birds to enjoy!

When all the seeds are eaten off, just add more. 

Now, let's go feed the birds! 

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