I've been getting the itch to knock out a few crafts recently, and this was one that was on my list due to the holiday season. I'll have a few more to share with you as soon as I can complete them (dang paint drying time!) and photograph them.
Similar to it's abundance of greenery, Portland has no lack of pinecones to be found. They're everywhere, so it was quite easy for me to snag these giant ones and bring them home during a dog walk one day. They sat around for awhile before I decided what to do with them. I love feeding the birds, but especially in the winter, when things are harder on them, so why not create a few pinecone feeders. I think I remember doing this in elementary school?
Therefore it's natural to assume this is a pretty straightforward project. ;)
I used sunflower butter and a birdseed mix I picked up at the grocery store.
The one tip I can give you is to let them sit in the fridge overnight. The sunflower butter will harden and hold onto the seeds and pinecones better this way. Then the next morning, just string, and hang!
Whipping up these easy bird-treats has gotten me in the mood to incorporate pinecones into our Christmas decor this year. I'm thinking a woodland theme might just be in order for our Christmas tree this year!?
How is your Christmas Decorating going? We're sharing our thus (limited) progress on facebook...