How to Make Your Own Pinecone Bird Feeder

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Every now and then I remember to do something crafty with the kids, just to feel virtuous once every few months and not too neglectful lol! This one is easy to do and good for nature too 🙂 I remember seeing this years ago on a children’s TV show – you need very few ingredients and the kids love it – good messy fun and caring for animals.

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If you are allergic to peanuts this is not the activity for you as peanut butter is the main ingredient however you can use lard), or if you are adverse to mess or gooey sticky hands again steer clear from this one! 😉

What you will need:

Pinecones
Peanut Butter (or lard)
Wild Bird Seed (I got this from Bin Inn $3 for a big bag)
String
Plates, Scissors, Spoon

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Method

Chose a pinecone that has good openings in the body so you can smoosh lots of peanut butter amongst the gaps.

Tie a string securely around the stem of the pinecone – or if no stem – around the top openings.

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Spread 1/2 to 1 cup of peanut butter onto a plate and half a cup to a cup of birdseed onto another plate, depending on how many you are making.

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Roll the pinecone in the peanut butter, using your hands to smoosh the peanut butter in the openings.

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Transfer the pinecone to the birdseed and roll around until completely covered in birdseed.

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Then ask the kids to put their hands in the air, touch nothing and make their way to the bathroom for a full de-peanutbuttering of their hands! 😉

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Find a suitable tree and securely tie the pinecone to the tree – choose somewhere the birds often like to come and ensure that you keep any cats away if you want the birds to survive their dinner!

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Then sit back and watch! Depending on the season it may take some time for the birds to come but this is a lovely treat for them during Autumn and Winter.

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Thanks for checking out this easy kids activity, let me know if you try it and see if you can get a photo of a bird having a snack – we will keep an eye out on ours for the next few days too.

Bird on the Birdfeeder!

Finally got a picture of a wee bird enjoying the pinecone – not clear but you get the idea! 🙂

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Make your Own Glitter!

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Kids love making up homemade versions of every day things – and this homemade glitter is so easy to make with just 2 simple ingredients!

We have gone green today as St Patrick’s Day is coming up but you can make any colour of the rainbow and more, mixing and blending colours until you get the perfect shade.

What you will need:

Epsom Salts (ordinary salt will do but Epsom Salts shimmer and are a cool texture)
Food Colouring
Small Sealable Bags
Containers or Bags to store the finished glitter

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Method

Add the desired portion of salt to the sealable bag and add a few drops of food colouring – seal the bag then mix, shake, blend and add more colouring if desired. We made a green one, dark green and a green mixed with yellow one – this vibrant goldie green is my favourite green at the moment – perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

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Once the salt & colouring are completely blended open the bags and air dry them – this may take any where from a few hours to up to a day depending on the amount of salt & colouring you have used.

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Once dry pop them in a container or air tight bags and use for any number of fun sparkly creations!

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How easy is that?

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