a No-Mess Pinecone Bird Feeder
Pinecone bird feeders
are a popular craft for kids, but they make such a mess that
parents are reluctant to do them nowadays! Well, we at MomsBudget
have made a no-mess version of this popular craft for moms
everywhere to enjoy.
First take pinecones
(ones that have dried work best, rather than ones picked off
the ground wet) and add a hanger. The hanger can be anything
from a fishing line loop, bent wire loop, etc.
Next, add a generous
amount of peanut butter to a freezer ziploc bag. A freezer
bag is thicker and often double layered, which reduces the
chance that a sharp part on the pinecone will puncture the
side of the bag and make a mess. Add the pinecone, and seal,
ensuring you squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible.
Then hand it off
to your child, telling them to squish and squeeze the bag
to get as much peanut butter into the pinecone as possible.
While they do this,
get a second bag ready to go, this time filled with a generous
amount of birdseed. When they have done squishing and squeezing,
add the pinecone to the birdseed bag, blowing as much air
as possible into the bag before zipping it closed. Then it
is shake time, to shake the bag and allow the seeds to stick
to the peanut butter. If the peanut butter (and room temperature)
is warm, you might want to put the peanut buttered pinecone
into the freezer for a few minutes first.
Then remove the
pinecone from the bag and hang in a bird loving spot that
isn't easily accessible to squirrels or rats. Enjoy!