How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder From Things In Your Backyard

How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder From Things In Your Backyard

How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder From Things In Your Backyard

Making a pinecone bird feeder is an easy and fun backyard project that can be done using materials commonly found around the house. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make one:

What You’ll Need

  • Pinecones – The main component. Look for ones with scales that open up easily. Gather 10-12.
  • Peanut butter – Used to coat the pinecones. Choose creamy or chunky.
  • Birdseed – Any seed mix works. Make sure it’s fresh.
  • Twine/string – For hanging up the feeders. Get natural twine or cotton string.
  • Scissors – To cut the string.
  • Spoon – For scooping peanut butter.
  • Plate – To hold the peanut butter.
  • Newspaper – To spread out pinecones for coating.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Gather Materials

  1. First, collect 10-12 pinecones in your backyard or neighborhood. Look for ones with scales that open up easily and are not tightly bound.
  2. Set up your workspace. Spread out some newspaper on a table or flat surface outside.
  3. Get your peanut butter, birdseed, twine, spoon, scissors, and plate. Make sure you have enough peanut butter and birdseed for all the pinecones.

Prepare the Pinecones

  1. Open up the pinecone scales with your fingers so there are gaps between them. This allows space for the peanut butter and birdseed to stick.

  2. Trim off any excess pinecone stem using scissors. You want about 1⁄2 inch of stem left to tie the twine onto later.

Coat with Peanut Butter

  1. Scoop some peanut butter onto the plate. You’ll need about 2-3 tablespoons total.

  2. Use the spoon to coat peanut butter thoroughly on the insides of the pinecone scales. Cover all the gaps between the scales.

  3. Sprinkle birdseed generously over the peanut butter while it’s still wet and sticky. Press the seeds gently into the peanut butter to help them adhere.

  4. Set aside the coated pinecone and continue with the rest until they are all prepared.

Hang Up the Feeders

  1. Cut 10-12 pieces of twine, each about 18 inches long.

  2. Tie one piece of twine securely around the stem of each coated pinecone.

  3. Hang your peanut butter pinecone bird feeders outside in trees or under eaves. Space them out in different spots.

  4. Sit back and wait for the birds to discover the treat! It may take a day or two for them to find the feeders.


  • Store extra peanut butter in the fridge between uses.
  • Refrigerate the feeders if temperatures are above 85°F. The peanut butter can melt.
  • Toss out old feeders after a week or two and replace with fresh ones.
  • Add black oil sunflower seeds to the birdseed mix for more nutrition.
  • Use a liberal coat of peanut butter – birds can never get enough!

Making these simple peanut butter pinecone bird feeders is an inexpensive way to provide backyard birds with a high energy food source. Get the whole family involved and enjoy watching your feathered friends feast on their new feeders. With just a bit of time and minimal materials from around your home, you can easily help feed the birds and add life to your backyard.