Pinecone Bird Feeder

Bird feeders are really simple to make and a great way to invite birds into your garden. This morning Alex and I made two for the two trees in our back yard.

What you need:

  • Pinecones
  • Plate
  • Spoon
  • Butter knife
  • Smooth peanut butter
  •  Lard (found in the meat section at the supermarket)
  • Birdseed (we used a wild bird feed mix)
  • String
  • Scissors

To make your birdfeeder:

  • Cut a long piece of string to hang your birdfeeder.
  • Tie the string around the pinecone, at either the end of the stalk or around the middle if your pinecones does not have much of a stalk.
  • Spoon equal amounts of peanut butter and lard onto a plate.
  • Use the butter knife to spread the peanut butter and lard mixture inside the pine cone and around the edges, covering it.
  • Hold the pine cone over the plate and sprinkle birdseed over it, or squish the seeds into the peanut butter and lard.
  • Roll the pine cone in any birdseed that has fallen on the plate.  Anything left over I just tipped onto the lawn for the birds to eat.
  • Pick a place in your garden that’s safe from predators – at least 3 m off the ground and at the end of a tree branch.
  • Hang your bird feeder and wait for the birds.

Happy bird watching.


I would love to know how your birdfeeders turned out and what birds you have in your garden. At certain times of year we have Tui, but mostly Sparrows, Blackbirds, Thrush and sometimes Wax eyes and Fantails.

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