I hate to admit this, but we've been planning to make pine cone bird feeders since the girls were off of school for Winter break. But we just got busy, then we got lazy. Anyway, we ended up finally doing our little project yesterday. On the plus side, the pine cones we chose for the project had lots of time to open up a bit, as they were sitting inside for a couple of weeks. See, there are benefits to procrastination!
This is a super-easy craft project. I'm sure you already know how to do it, but you get yourself some pine cones (we have tons of mature pine trees in our yard, so for us, this is easy). Bring them into your house - if they are "closed" they'll need a day or so to warm up & bloom. Some pine cones are always open, so you don't need to worry about it if this is the kind you have. Take some yarn (also easy to find around here), & tie onto the pine cone & make a big loop for hanging. Smear a bunch of peanut butter onto the pine cone. Roll pine cone in bird seed, or sprinkle on. Give it a pat to help the bird seed stay put. And there you go!
You can hang them on tree branches for the birds. You could also just lay them down around your bird feeder. Our birds ignored them all day, but I have hopes for tomorrow!
Have a great weekend!