A birdhouse and pinecone birdfeeder craft is perfect for little nature lovers, no matter if it is in the middle of winter, or early spring and you simply enjoy to watch some birds on your yard. Let’s face it, anything that gets our little people out into the yard to get some fresh air is a good thing.
I have to admit, I cheated a little on this birdhouse craft. We all know how expensive crafting materials can be, especially if you try to have a big variety and just a little bit of everything. So when I find a good deal on something I can use for a project at some point or another, I take advantage of it and put my little treasures up for a later day.
In this case, I found a wooden birdhouse at a dollar store, and figured my little boy would have a good time painting it on a cold and rainy day. And I was right! I ended up buying several birdhouses and when a bunch of my son’s friends showed up for a surprise play date one afternoon, I pulled them out and let them all paint their own birdhouse.
But since we like to get our hands dirty, and not just with paint, we also added a pinecone birdfeeder to our little birdhouse, hoping it would attract a few birds for us to watch.
If you don’t have a birdhouse, that’s okay. You can do the birdfeeder only, the birds will still come.
What you need:
- A wooden birdhouse
- Clear lacquer finish for outside use
- A pinecone
- Peanut Butter
- Tray (optional)
- Metal screw-in hook (optional)
- Paint your birdhouse – Get creative! Let’s see how colorful you can make this, or maybe you want to come up with a special design or pattern? How about painting it camouflage style?
- After it is dry, spray it down with the clear lacquer finish and let it dry again.
- Take the pinecone and cover it with peanut butter.
- You can use a tray or even just a little bag from your last trip to the grocery store to help you make this next step a little less messy.
- Pour the birdfeed all over the pinecone. If you are using a tray, you can even roll the pinecone in the seeds that fell down. Make sure you cover up all the peanut butter with the birdfeed.
- Take a string and tie it around the top of the pinecone.
- If you have a little metal screw-in hook, you can screw it into the bottom of your birdhouse and attach the string with your pinecone to it. We skipped this step.
Now all that is left to do is to find a good tree for your birdhouse and birdfeeder and you are ready to start watching some birds.
I didn’t have a hook so I simply squeezed our birdhouse between two limbs and tied the string with the pinecone birdfeeder to another limb. It took a few days for the birds to realize that there was food out there but now we actually have a pair of cardinals enjoying the birdfeeder and the birdhouse.