Introduction: How to Make a Birdfeeder From a Pine Cone.

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Birds have fascinated people for thousands of years. During the winter, it becomes harder for birds to find food. You can help them this winter by putting up pine cone feeders. If you watch them long enough, you might even see a visitor stopping by to have a snack!


This is my first Instructable!

Step 1: Step 1- Gather Materials

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You will need:

-Birdseed (I bought a mixed bag from Tractor Supply for $5)
-Peanut Butter (Creamy)
-Pine cones
-Ortamit hooks (useful for hanging pinecones)
-String (Self explanitory)
-Hot Glue Gun (To glue string in)
-Pan (To pour birdseed in)
-Spoon (To rub on P-Nut Butter)


-Glitter Glue (decorations)
-Decorational Stars

Step 2: Step 2- Open the P-nut Butter and Pour Some Birdseed Into the Pan.

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First, open the P-Nut Butter. Second, pour some birdseed into the pan. Get the pine cones ready.

Step 3: Step 3- Spread P-Nut Butter on Pine Cone.

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Use the spoon to spoon out P-Nut Butter and wipe it on the pine cones. This creates a stickyness that the birdseed will easily stick to. Birds love it too! Note- Do NOT cover the top of the pine cone with p-nut butter. You will not be able to hot glue the string to the pine cone.

Step 4: Step 4- Add the Birdseed to the Buttered Pine Cones.

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Now for the fun part: Roll the pinecone(s) in the birdseed. (In the pan of course). Get them as full as you can with birdseed.

Step 5: Step 5- Adding String

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My string was fishing line. You can use what you like, I just had line around my house. Cut a lenght of string. Tie a knot with both ends in it to make a loop. (1st picture) Then place the knoted end into the top of the pine cone. Hot glue it there.

Step 6: Step 6- Optional Decorating

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If you want to add a star, hot glue it while you hot glue the loop. You have to hold it in place to keep it from falling. To add glitter, select a color and put it on the end of the indevidual "stem" things comming out of the pine cone. Have fun decorating!

Step 7: Step 7- Hanging the Pine Cones

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If you have to, put a hook though the loop to aid in hanging. Observe your yard and hang them were you normally see bird traffic. Don't limit yourself to those select areas. Hang them everywhere if you want! (Added pics.)

Step 8: Step 8- Other Ideas

-Don't limit yourselve to one type of birdseed. Have a variety of different birdseed types for different birds.

-Watch them. Lots.

-If you have any ideas, pm me.

-Have fun!

(I am working on taking pictures of the birds at my pine cone feeders. I will post them here.)


breumer (author)2012-02-08

gotta try this !

Lorellai (author)2010-04-12

Simple but smart idea - I love it...

Do the birds eat the peanut butter though or is that ust left stuck to the cone???

Totysheep (author)Lorellai2010-09-20

I know birds here in Holland loooove peanuts for some reason. And it's probably good for them to have some fat and protein in the winter anyway.

n8pzg (author)2009-01-02

I used to make ones like these a long time ago. I split with the crab (oops) husband and all the little birds that used to come to eat at that area were very hungry the next winter when I was gone. Just remember that those little guys will come to depend on you to put that food out for them.

Doveman (author)n8pzg2009-01-04

Yeah, I dont make these very often, b/c I know if I did then the birds would become dependant on me.

Bisquick the ninja (author)2008-08-19

You should make a ninja feeder!! Make it so when you hit a target with shurikan in the bullseye it shoots a poptart out!! I would totally get one to set up in my back yard and wait for other ninja to try and use it then right when they go out to get there tart BLAST them with kunai!!! And a couple round house kicks.

who the heck do you think you are. you are a complete dorkfish. you should go back to pre school.

Hawkins56 (author)Hawkins562008-11-18

i'm talking to bisquick the ninja

ok... il try that... maby...

Hawkins56 (author)2008-11-13

You are a complete treehugger. Freakin environmentalist moron. Just Kiddin c u at school tomorrow.

Doveman (author)Hawkins562008-11-14

you got a problem wit it? (jk im not an enviromentalist)

Hawkins56 (author)2008-10-22

Tyler, remind me of this at school and see what happens. 66 sucks 56 rules, cheers guvna. Shoot my kiieee.

Doveman (author)Hawkins562008-10-31

56 blows 66 is such a beast that everyone loves him.

irish death1 (author)2008-07-25

good instructable i was thinking of making one. Could you tell me what kind of birds you see on this?

Doveman (author)irish death12008-07-26

I normally see just a common wren, but I know that cardinals and sometimes a bluejay will eat the food, so they might even eat on one too.

Also, thanks for the complament!

irish death1 (author)Doveman2008-07-26

no problem

Oscelot (author)2008-07-08

you could also melt the peanut butter for like 30 seconds or so in the microwave and then dip the pine cones. In my experience, peanut butter melts wonderfully.. and it doesn't take much to do it.

generator (author)2008-06-18

why would you put glitter on something you're going to cover in peanut butter anyway?

derttiej (author)2008-06-02

next time do you think it would be less messy to hot glue first before u add peanut butter and seeds or does it not make much of a difference?

Doveman (author)derttiej2008-06-03

It probaly would be, didnt think about that =/

Might not make too much of a difference, just make the process easier.

Kaiven (author)2008-05-03

WOW... gotta try this... You could use this for squirrels too. Use biodegradable plant string/cord/rope and tie it right onto a pine tree (like, the cone should be touching the tree). Squirrels climb along the branch, see it, and eat :D

Brennn10 (author)2007-12-21

I used to make these as a littl'un! I loved these things! I guess I will have to revert to the good old days and make a few of these. My birds look pretty hungry.

oi (author)2007-12-20

"SEE A DOCTOR IMENDENTLY" I just got peanut butter all over me and I am allergic! Help!!!!! I don't know what imendently means but I think I am dying!

SpinWard (author)2007-12-20

They have edible sparkly sugar stuff that cake decorators use. You could decorate the actual cone with that maybe. Hmmm, I'll have to try that. Great first instructable!!!

zjharva (author)2007-12-20

i did this at a nature center when i was small. they're fun to make!

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-19

very creative! i used to do stuff similar to this when i was a youngling. haha. youngling. :D

We used to do this in summer camp but then they told us birds were dying because the peanut butter stuck their mouths closed Still a very good idea to be put out there, i never believed it harmed them

Mmm. Yeungling.

Doveman (author)2007-12-19

Thanks. I just thought about it one day and did it.

Riverrat123 (author)2007-12-19

I like your idea about making the bird feeder from a pine cone and it is a neat way to do it.

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