The fall season brings cooler weather, falling leaves, and the fresh smell of pine in the air. Although the lawn no longer has to be mowed; this season brings the chore of removing leaves, pine cones, and pine needles from the yard.
Despite this tiresome task, pine cones can be transformed into an Eco-friendly bird and squirrel feeder that's easy and fun to create. This feeder is an inexpensive task for home schools, nonprofit organization, or anyone wanting to do a craft during the fall season.
There are various sizes and shapes of pine cones from oblong to round. Whatever you decide to use there are no rules, choose which ones you like. Pine cones can be found in parks, backyard, or woods. This project can be done indoors or outdoors, but know that it will be a messy project. Some of the pine cones will have sap on them making them very sticky. No worries, it will be perfect for this venture.
The tools needed are:
Pine cones, 2 ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup pancake syrup (any variety), bird seeds (any variety), twine, newspaper, paper plates or aluminum pie pan, spatula, glass or plastic medium bowl, microwave, flat aluminum pan, and measuring cups
- Cover the table with newspaper and lay out your tools.
- Tie the twine onto the pine cone making a loop and knotting it at the top. These cones will be hanging, so choose a size loop depended on where you will hang them and size of the pine cone.
- Afterwards lay them out on the table until all of them are complete.
- Measure the peanut butter in the bowl and melt in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Next mix in the syrup with the spatula and set aside.
- Place the bird seeds in a paper plate or aluminum pie plate
- In an assembly line fashion, roll the pine cones in the peanut butter mixture until covered.
- Place the peanut butter cone in the bird seeds and press lightly; rolling it until completely covered. Place the finish product on the flat aluminum pan.
- Repeat this process until all the pine cones are done. During this process you may need to replenish the peanut butter mixture and bird seeds until all the cones are done.
- Leave the finish cones untouched for 30-60minutes until the peanut butter birdseed coating sets
- Hang the feeders anyplace where you find birds and/or squirrels.
Note: You can use honey for this if you like.