One of the best things about living in Montana is that natural beauty and abundant wildlife are never more than a short drive away. If you don’t feel like taking a drive, why not get some of that wildlife to come to you? Many species of beautiful wild birds can be brought to your doorstep using a birdfeeder. During winter many birds will be grateful for a reliable source of nutrition and will keep returning so that they can be observed and appreciated. A fun and easy project that you can do with your kids is to make a birdfeeder out of a pinecone. No matter where you live, this is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids and appreciate nature!


Things You Will Need:

  • A Large Pinecone
  • Peanut Butter (The peanut butter can be mixed with oatmeal or cornmeal also)
  • Birdseed
  • Twine or Fishing Line
  • Paper Plate
  • Butter Knife

How to Assemble Your Birdfeeder:

  1. Cut a long length (3-4 ft.) of your twine or fishing line.
  2. Tie the twine in a knot around the pine cone near the top (about 3 sections down).
  3. Tie a knot in the end of the twine.
  4. Use the knife to spread peanut butter inside the pine cone and around the edges. Be sure to cover it well!
  5. Sprinkle the birdseed over the paper plate.
  6. Roll the pine cone in the birdseed that is on the plate.
  7. Hang the bird feeder on a tree that can be easily viewed from a window of your house.
  8. Enjoy watching the birds that come to feed!

Here’s a helpful link for identifying all of the birds that come to your new birdfeeder.