With our temps dipping into the minus 's  the last few days the poor birds are scratching for food more than ever. I thought this was a good idea.
This came from Garden Gate  magazine.

Pine cone bird feeder

This is a great afternoon project for you or the kids � and the birds will appreciate it, too!

You'll need

1 cup suet

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup corn meal

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup wild birdseed mix (to coat outside of cone)

  • Pine cones (choose ones that are fully open, so there's plenty of open space)

  • Saucepan or double boiler

  • Table knife or wooden craft sticks

  • Waxed paper

  • Heavy string


First, you�ll need to stir up a suet mixture. Suet is hard beef or mutton fat. Ask for it at the supermarket meat counter.


To mix the suet, you must first melt it. Cut or grind it into small pieces, and heat it over low heat (or in a double boiler). As the fat melts, stir it until it�s mostly liquid. Strain the liquid into another container to cool a bit, and then it�s ready to mix. (If you don�t use it all right away, save the leftovers in the refrigerator to feed the birds later. It will solidify again as it cools.)

Once the melted suet has cooled slightly, mix it with the other ingredients. (You can also add a little wild birdseed mix if you like, or save it all for the last step). Use a table knife or wooden craft stick to press the mixture into a pine cone. Once the suet-peanut butter mixture is on the cone, spread the birdseed out on waxed paper and roll the pine cone over them. They�ll stick to the outside and be easily accessible.

Tie on a short length of sturdy cord or yarn and hang the feeder outdoors. This feeder will attract a variety of birds, including cardinals and woodpeckers.