Fill your garden with birdsong. Try this pine cone bird feeder to invite birds such as sparrows, silvereyes and starlings into your garden.

Pine cone bird feeder.
Try making this pine cone bird feeder at home

1. Collect the items you’ll need

  • Pine cone
  • Plate
  • Butter knife
  • Smooth peanut butter and lard
  • Birdseed
  • String
  • Scissors

2. Make your bird feeder

  • Use scissors to cut a long piece of string to hang the bird feeder.
  • Take the string and tie a knot around the pine cone near the top (at the stalk end).
  • Tie a knot in the other end of the string so you can hang your bird feeder.
  • Use the butter knife to get equal parts peanut butter and lard on the plate. 
  • Use the butter knife to spread the peanut butter and lard mixture inside the pine cone and around the edges.
  • Hold the pine cone over the plate and sprinkle birdseed over it.
  • Roll the pine cone in any birdseed that has fallen on the plate. 
  • Pick a place in your backyard that’s safe from predators – at least 3 m off the ground and at the end of a tree branch.
  • Hang your bird feeder and wait for the birds.
  • Take your bird feeder down at night so rats or mice don’t get to it.
  • During springtime you won’t get many birds using the feeder as natural food sources will be readily available again.
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