Last week, Stephanie spied pinecones swinging on strings in the trees around Ellie's school. The Kindergarten class had been making bird feeders. Not sure how a pinecone could be a bird feeder, Stephanie declared that would be our next project. Lucky us ran into a neighbor that same morning who had leftover pinecones from her Thanksgiving centrepiece, so we had four to start.
If you've never made a pinecone bird feeder, the process is very simple. Tie a length of string or yarn or ribbon in a loop and wedge one side of that loop into the top of the pinecone. Using a smooth knife or spreading tool (like a small spatula), spread peanut butter all over the pinecone. Smoothing up from the bottom helps wedge the peanut butter in the nooks and crannies. Then, roll the peanut-butter-covered in bird seed.
Hang it from a branch and tah-dah! Watch your feathered friends enjoy their gift.
I couldn't get a close picture, but the birds loved Stephanie's feeder. She hung it in a bush just outside our kitchen window, so I enjoyed watching the sparrows come all afternoon and even a lady cardinal joined in. We strongly suspect the deer were interested in it too, because it was halfway down the driveway the next morning, smooshed flat on one side.