Making the Feeder
With only a few simple steps, you can turn a basic pine cone into a delicious bird feeder.
Shake or brush the pine cone lightly to remove any dirt or debris. Trim off any loose scales that may break as the feeder is assembled.</p<
Tie the string or twine around the feeder, placing it 2-3 rows of scales below the wider end of the cone with the scales overlapping the string to hold it securely in place. The top of the string can be left open in order to tie it to a branch for hanging, or if it is long enough, the loop can be tied first.
Use the knife or spreader to coat the cone with a layer of peanut butter, as thick or thin as desired. Press some peanut butter between rows of scales, filling in larger gaps. If the Peter & Paul Peanut Butter is too thick to spread well, it can be warmed up slightly to make it softer but be sure to use a microwave safe container to heat it. Avoid overheating that will make the peanut butter too runny to adhere to the cone well.
Once the cone is completely coated with peanut butter, roll it in your chosen Peter & Paul Seed Mix in the shallow dish, pressing lightly to keep the seed adhered to the cone. Work the seed in between the rows of scales. Add larger seeds, nut pieces or fruit pieces if desired, pressing them firmly into the peanut butter so they are secure – the birds will have no trouble removing them!
If you want to make multiple pine cone bird feeders at once but don’t want to hang them out simultaneously, they can easily be frozen for several weeks. The feeders do not need to be thawed before hanging and freezing them first can help them stay firm in warmer temperatures.