The nights are definitely getting brighter, I am sat at my desk and listening to the birds still happily in great discussion, tweeting away in the tall tree opposite my window. It is still incredibly nippy though, I am finding it hard to stop nibbling throughout the day. So just spare a thought for our feathered friends who are probably feeling pretty peckish to. Yesterday I went along to volunteer at one of the many RSPB events in Dorset. I would love to say that this crafty idea; Pine Cone Bird Feeders is one of mine, but no! This is what the children were making under the educated eye of SJ the events leader . Unfortunately I arrived to late to make one yesterday, so I thought I would have a go tonight!
What you need to make a few Pine Cone bird feeders is;
Crushed Cornflakes / (Healthy non sugary cereal)
and Lots of lard!
Find the largest pine cones you can find, put near an open fire or on a radiator,
so they will open up!
Get all your stuff together - Once you crack open the lard you will soon be a greasy mess!
I used 3/4s of the lard and added some old cornflakes I had lying around,
Then add the seed and mix up
Tie string onto the pine cones before you fill them in with the delicious bird food!
It's a bit messy and tricky if you try afterwards
Fill in all the gaps of the pine cones to create your own Bird Balls!
Hang from a shrub or tree - Making sure it is high up so Foxes and Cats can't reach them!
Squirrels are a different matter, if they want something they will find a way!
I am sure the birds will be grateful for a beak full of lard and seeds!
Have fun x
I love this Feather Print from River Luna on Etsy!
Have a great week!