What kinds of birds live in your area? Build this birdfeeder, place it in your yard, and watch what comes to visit!

This feeder works best during the cooler times of the year. In hot temperatures, the peanut butter may melt, making a sticky mess. Luckily, during the warmer months, it’s easier for birds to find seeds on their own.

Please note: If you live in an area where bears are common, please choose another activity. Bears find birdfeeders very tasty, but often get into trouble when they get too close to human homes. Click here for a flyer to share with your parents about how you can be “bear aware.”

You’ll need:

  • a pine cone
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • twine or string
  • wax paper
  • scissors(Remember, always ask an adult before using scissors!)
  • a butter knife
  • a plate or shallow bowl
  • a ruler 

First, place a sheet of wax paper (about a foot long) on a flat workspace, like a table or a desk.

Then use your scissors to cut a piece of string or twine about three feet long. Tie one end of the string around the top of the pine cone.

Using a butter knife, spread peanut butter on the pine cone. Be sure to cover all the sides! 

Pour bird seed into a plate or shallow bowl. Then roll the pine cone in the bird seed, making sure that as much seed sticks to the pine cone as possible. Different birds eat different types of bird seed. Talk to someone at a local pet store or garden center about what types of bird seed the birds in your area enjoy the most!

Put your pine cone feeder (on the piece of wax paper) in the freezer for about an hour so that the seeds set in the peanut butter. While you’re waiting, clean up and put all unused materials away!

Take your pine cone feeder outside and tie the free end of the string or twine to a tree branch or balcony railing. Make sure you can see the feeder from your window so you can see the birds that come to snack on this yummy treat.

Check out a book on local bird watching from your library, or use an online guide. Can you identify the birds that come to the feeder? Do you notice any patterns? Do different birds come at different times of the day or different seasons of the year?