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Feed the Birds: How to Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder

As the weather turns colder, we need to start looking out for our feathered friends. During the winter months, birds thrive on seeds, as insects are harder to find naturally during this colder time of year. And, because natural food sources are scarcer, more birds are attracted to back garden feeders in order to find their meal.

A simple and easy way to create a basic natural bird feeding station for your garden is with a pinecone. Here’s how:

  1. Simply tie a length of string around the top (thin end) of an open pinecone.
  2. Using a spreading knife, smear the pinecone with a thick layer of unsalted peanut butter.
  3. Scatter birdseed into a shallow dish and roll the pinecone around in it until it is coated in seeds.
  4. Hang it from a tree or shrub in your garden and wait for the birds to come!

If you are feeling ambitious, why not string several cones together and use different seeds for each one, attracting different type of birds.

You can use any kind of birdseed mix for this project, but if you’d like more information about the best types of birdseed for feeders, take a look here: https://www.thespruce.com/types-of-birdseed-4122052

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