Pinecone Bird Feeders

Making bird feeders is such a lovely way to express and model our love for the animal kingdom and also provides a strong transition from a focused inside activity (in breath moment) to an outside activity (out breath moment).

Little hands love having the responsibility of spreading the lard or peanut butter onto the pinecones as well as the sensory experience of dipping them into the birdseed. This craft is wonderful for even the youngest of children because it is so forgiving and it is hard to make mistakes.



String or Twine

Lard or Peanut Butter

Bird Seed Mix

Butter Knife & Baking Sheet


Let’s Begin

Tie the string or twine around the pinecones in advance – it’s easier to do this now as opposed to when they are all sticky and seedy.

Arrange a bowl of lard or peanut butter in one bowl and the seed in another and have a baking sheet available to lay the finished feeders on.

Provide your child with the knife and demonstrate how to spread the lard or peanut butter onto the pine cone and then how to dip and spread the seed over top

Repeat until you have covered all the pinecones. You can make little seed balls for the squirrels or chipmunks (or possums!) with the left over seed and lard and leave them on ledges or on branches of trees.


*A craft similar to this one and many more like it can be found in the Whole Family Rhythms Winter Guide. Click here for the Southern Hemisphere Winter Guide and here for the Northern Hemisphere Winter Guide.

Meagan Wilson

Meagan Wilson

Meagan Wilson is the founder of Whole Family Rhythms, the place to come for inspiration and resources about conscious parenting connecting you to the earth, the seasons and your own unique family values. Meagan earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and taught TESOL to young children in South Korea and Australia for 5 years. In 2012 she completed the Foundations of Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at the Sydney Steiner College. In 2017, under the direction of Kim John Payne, she received her certification as a simplicity parenting family life coach.Meagan is the mother to four children. After ten years of living in Australia they now live in the Canadian countryside outside of Toronto. You can find her @wholefamilyrhythms on Instagram and view her wide range of nature-inspired early childhood curriculum at
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4 Responses to Pinecone Bird Feeders

  1. I can’t wait to set my daughter up for this… and string them in the trees. Thanks for your inspired work preserving natural, seasonal wonder!

  2. We loved doing this activity, but our seeds were eaten mostly by squirrels, and we found that all pine cones were completely ripped off the tree and stolen by greedy squirrels this morning.

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