I'm not even sure where this yearning came from. Did I make a pinecone bird feeder with my mom when I was young? Or am I reminiscing something I saw on TV or read in a book?
No matter because I was going to make sure my son had his own memory of crafting a pinecone bird feeder to recall.
In my whimsical memory, I saw peanut butter and wild bird seed. But, somewhere along the way, I thought I had read that peanut butter is bad for birds. So, being the researcher I am, I googled this question. On the Massachusetts Audubon Society page, I found the go-ahead I was hoping to find. While there is concern that a large amount of straight peanut butter might cause a choking hazard to birds, mixing it with suet or seeds is perfectly acceptable.
So, my son and I went on a nature hike, to my mom's front yard, and found two perfectly imperfect dry pinecones (you'll want to find dry ones because they are open and provide many little crannies for the peanut butter and bird seed). Once I gathered all the ingredients, we set up shop on the back patio to create our pinecone bird feeders.
|Ingredients for our pinecone bird feeders|
|Spreading the peanut butter|
...and, I lost him!
While he ate the peanut butter, I coaxed him into rolling the pinecone around in the bird seed...
|Step Two: Roll the peanut butter-coated pinecone in bird seed|
...but, he quickly went back to eating peanut butter...
...leaving me to finish making our second pinecone bird feeder!
Upon completing both feeders, I bribed my peanut-butter gorged son (with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch) into posing for a couple of pictures...
|Our finished product|
I found some bright and cheery ribbon in my mom's craft supplies and, voila...
|Tie your pinecone bird feeder to a pretty ribbon|
|A feast for the birds or tree rats!|
...easy access for the birds and within view of the back patio!
|Find unique ways to show-off your beautiful creation|
Now, we get to sit on our back patio and watch the birdies enjoy the "fruits of our labor".
And, I now have an actual memory of making a pinecone bird feeder; one that I shared with my son...
...though, I'm quite sure his recollection of this day will be of the peanut
Do you have any fun outdoor crafts you and your children make together? I would love to hear from you...