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7 to 12, Under 7
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Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Help backyard birds find food by hanging this treat outside your window.
  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • Bits of dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • Pine cones
  • String or wire
  • Sunflower seeds
Step 1
Attach String

Attach wire or string to the top of a pine cone to make a hanger.

Step 2
Make Winter Bird Mix

Melt the lard and peanut butter together. Then stir in the birdseed and cornmeal. Let cool.

Step 3
Prepare Pine Cone
  • Spread the winter bird mix between the scales of the pine cone.
  • Decorate the pine cone with bits of dried fruit and sunflower seeds.
  • Chill the pine cone in the refrigerator to harden.

pine cone feeder 

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