A pine cone bird feeder is an easy, inexpensive project perfect even for young birders to make, and a great way to add an instant feeding station to your yard. These feeders can even be customized, and many different types of birds will eagerly visit for the treat. While any size or shape of pine cone can be turned into an easy feeder, a larger, broader cone will hold more food for the birds and will be easier for birds to cling to, swaying less as they feed. Ideally, the cone should be fairly open, but if the cones you have available are closed, you can place them in a warm oven degrees Fahrenheit for several minutes to allow them to dry out a bit and open more fully, but watch them carefully so they do not scorch. If you do warm the cones, allow them to cool completely before turning them into bird feeders. Pine cones can be collected below pine trees in the fall; cones that have fallen naturally are the best choice because they will be more open and familiar to birds.
Natural Handmade Bird Feeders
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Bird feeders are mutually beneficial, and they also make for an exciting DIY project. There are a ton of bird feeders you can buy out there, but going the handmade route allows you to have complete design control. Blanking on ideas? Either way, the birds will thank you. A DIY bird feeder doesn't get more charming than this repurposed tea cup and saucer. The steps boil down to glueing and hanging, so it's super easy.
Care for Your Local Wildlife With These Homemade Bird Feeders
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