By Fredrica Syren:
Bella’s school encourages the kids to make homemade cards and gifts to give away for special occasions, so for this Valentine’s Day we made bird feeders. It was easy and fun and did not cost a whole lot, either. We hand crafted 18 bird feeders and Valentine’s cards in only 2 hours (a perfect activity for Noah’s 2-hour morning nap).
The base for the feeder is a large pinecone. We picked ours from a large tree in our neighborhood. (We’re using any leftovers in the fireplace: they make a very nice blaze and smell great.) This project is a little messy, but the kids will love it.
- 1 jar of natural peanut or almond butter — If someone has a nut allergy you can use honey instead.
- Large pine cones
- 1 small bag of bird seeds
- Paper bags to place feeders in — Let the child be creative here and decorate the bag first with colors, beads or stickers, etc.
- Metal wire or strings to wrap around the top of feeder and to hang the feeder
How to assemble:
- Place seeds in a large bowl.
- Attach the wire or string around the top of the pinecone.
- Use a spatula to spread a thin layer of nut butter around and into the nooks.
- Roll the pinecone into the birdseeds, making sure the seeds cover all sides.
- Carefully lift the bird feeder by the wire or string and place in a bag.
- Repeat until they are all completed.