Photograph by ‘my blessed life’

Pinecone Bird Feeders – one of my weekend projects!

These steps came from ‘My Kids Adventures‘ and has many photographs of this project which can be fun to do with kids.  Below is the condensed version.  I used old stale peanut butter and an assortment of expired nuts instead of store bought bird seed.  The cute photograph is from ‘My Blessed Life‘ website which also has a similar recipe for Pinecone Bird Feeders which uses Chex Cereal.

You Will Need

  • Several large pinecones (bought, or better yet, found on an outside adventure)
  • Peanut butter (vegetable shortening for people with nut allergies)
  • Birdseed
  • String, pipe cleaners or wire
  • Scissors (if using string)
  • Butter knife
  • 2 or more plates
  • A place to hang your bird feeder (a tree or bird feeder hanger work nicely)

Preparation Time

  • 5 minutes to gather materials from around the house
  • You may need to visit a park or forest to gather some pinecones

Activity Time

  • 10 minutes to hang your bird feeder
  • Plus time to watch and observe the birds


  1. Gather Pinecones
  2. Tie either a pipe cleaner or string to the top of the Pineconecone
  3. Spread Peanut Butter onto Pinecones with a butter knife
  4. Roll it in Birdseed, press it onto the pinecone and roll again
  5. Hang the Pinecone Birdfeeders outside