Camping Crafts: Pinecone Birdfeeder

By on November 16, 2015

There are many activities for the family that is very enjoyable and will surely keep the bond. While some are traditional, there is always room for new stuff that should be explored while camping. Making a Pinecone Birdfeeder is a fun camping activity for your kids. It is simple and easy to do and will keep your kids entertained.


What you need for this are:

1. a pinecone
2. a piece of string
3. 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter and
4.  ¼ – ½ cup of birdseed.

Adult supervision is recommended so things can go smoothly as your kids work out on the crafts.

Here’s what to do next:

  • Step 1: Butter-up the pinecone

    Take a plastic knife and gently spread the peanut butter from the bottom towards the tip of the pinecone. By doing it this way, you’ll be spreading the peanut butter in the same direction as the pinecone fins…not against them. This makes it easier to spread. The more uniform the peanut butter, the more seed that will stick to your pinecone birdfeeder.

  • Step 2: Stick on the birdseed

    Next, depending on the size of the pinecone, spread out between ¼ and ½ cup of birdseed on a piece of paper or cardboard. Roll the pinecone over the seed until it is completely covered with birdseed.

  • Step 3: Add your string to the birdfeeder

    For the next step you’ll need a piece of string that’s 12-18 inches long. The shorter the piece of string, the more frustrating it can be to hang up…don’t skimp on the string! Take the center of the string and gently wedge it up under the fins of the pinecone towards it’s base. Tie a simple knot, so that you still have 2 ends to the sting with the pinecone affixed at the center of the string. Now you’re ready to hang it up!

  • Step 4: Find that perfect branch

    This step can be more complicated than it sounds. It can be a challenge to find a spot where birds can get to the pinecone and squirrels can not. You also want to hang your pinecone birdfeeder somewhere you can see it, but it’s not so close to you that birds stay away. Now that you found a spot, tie a double-knot over the branch so that the birdfeeder hangs down freely. Let your explorers sit back & watch the feathered visitors!

This activity is for all ages to enjoy. It’s simple and fun and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy watching nature’s feathered friends. have you tried doing this when you were kids? Or maybe you’ve done this with your own kids. Share with us your most memorable camping stories. Happy camping!

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