A Holiday Treat For the Birds: Pinecone Feeders
An easy project for kids & parents
Several large pinecones
String or ribbon
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of suet, lard or vegetable shortening
2½ cups of coarse cornmeal
1 bag of birdseed divided
½ cup of raisins
It may make cleanup easier by laying newspapers
on the table beforehand.
1. Tie a length of string or ribbon around the base of
2. Mix together the peanut butter, suet (or lard or vegetable shortening), cornmeal, a cup of
birdseed and raisins in a bowl.
3. Using a butter knife, stuff the mixture into
4. Place additional birdseed in a shallow dish.
Roll each pinecone in the birdseed.
Hang the pinecones at the end of a smaller branch
of a tree to deter squirrels from getting to it. Tree(s) that can be observed from a window indoors allows for children to watch the birds feeding.