Sunday, 18 November 2012
One of my favorite fall crafts when I was a kid was making pine cone bird feeders. I remember doing these a couple of different ways, some with suet, most with peanut butter. Now is the perfect time of year to get outside with my own kids and get crafty.Searching for the cones was part of the fun, most kids love to treasure hunt. We would look for the perfect pine cones: big enough and opened. Sometimes they can be pokey, so watch out little fingers! Get as many as you like, extra pine cones can even be used as decorations on your Christmas tree in a few weeks (give it a little glue, glitter, and a loop hook, and it's good to go).My favorite method of making the bird feeder is using peanut butter and birdseed. I have some chunky peanut butter that I'm going to use because my kids apparently hate the chunky variety. It's been sitting in my cabinet for a few months now, so this is a perfect way to get rid of it without just trashing it.Using a popsicle stick, scoop a generous amount of peanut butter and then simply smear it into the pine cone. Get it in there. I usually cover all but the top two tiers (because I'm going to tie the ribbon on it later).Pour the birdseed generously on a longish strip of wax paper (or paper plate). Then take your peanut-buttered cone and roll it around in the seed. Try to cover it evenly, but really, the birds won't care.When you're happy with your seed coverage, sit the pine cone up and loop a ribbon or string tightly around the 2nd tier from the top of the cone. It should be secure for hanging from that level. Then it's all about finding the perfect spot for birdwatching.Kids of all ages can do this craft, and it is inexpensive. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air!