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How to make pine cone bird feeders

You will need

  • Pine cones
  • Fat/suet and bird seed mix - either make it yourself or buy a ready-made suet and seed cake in garden centres
  • Copper wire
Do it: all year round
Takes just: 30 minutes


Our gardens our becoming increasingly important places for wild animals and especially birds. By providing a regular supply of food and water, we can help birds survive the challenging winter months, when they can struggle to survive.

One way you can help is by combining pine cones, gathered from your garden, with a seed and fat mix, to make simple hanging feeders.

How to do it


Attach a length of wire to each cone, winding it between the scales at the base.


Press the fat-and-seeds mixture between the scales so it covers each cone entirely.


Hang the finished cones from a branch in a secluded part of the garden.

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Ravens Gardens 20/03/2013 at 04:23

I have been doing this project for years with few differences. I use very large pinecones i find up high in the mountains, I spend a day hiking and searching,then i spread peanut butter all over them and push them around in bird seed until they are covered. i use red ribbons to hang them and put several in all my trees, the birds love them!! I call it Christmas for my feathered friends

Gardening Grandma 20/03/2013 at 05:58

Crumbs, you are an early riser, even earlier than me!

This is a lovely idea - can't wait to copy it!

Joe_the_Gardener 20/03/2013 at 06:37

Or RG might live in Vancouver.

Gardening Grandma 20/03/2013 at 07:12

Well, might gather pine cones a bit nearer home!

EvergreenQueen 20/03/2013 at 20:09

is there cetain types of birds that are attracted to your brill idea, more than others?? Will def try this tho!!

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