With cooler weather coming our way, autumn is a good time to plan easy crafts and outings that get us outdoors before winter forces us inside for a few months. Consider sustainable options like making your own cleaners, upcycling found objects, or making an eco-friendly bird feeder. Fall is a time where many birds migrate from Alaska and Canada to avoid harsh winter temperatures and find more abundant food sources.
The Bay Area is often where these birds rest before they travel across the Americas. Waterfowl, like geese and ducks, are just a few of the birds that can be found migrating in the fall.
Making a bird feeder is a great way to bring birds into your yard, think hours of birdwatching, and this craft is a great way to involve the kids. All you need is a pine cone, some peanut butter, bird food, and some twine for hanging. Here are four easy steps to making your own sustainable bird feeder:
1. First head outside and find the perfect pine cone, which is easy because any size pine cone will work.
2. Next rinse off your pine cone and let it dry. Once it’s dry, put some peanut butter in a bowl and roll your pine cone in it. Make sure the pine cone is heavily coated with the peanut butter, you can use a spoon or butter knife to smear the peanut butter all around the pine cone.
3. Grab your bird seed and put some in a bowl and roll the peanut butter coated pine cone in the bird seed. You can gently press the seeds into the peanut butter to make sure it sticks.
4. Finally cut a piece of twine and tie it around the stem of the pine cone for hanging. Go outside and hang your bird feeder from a tree branch that is near your kitchen window and you will have hours of entertainment watching birds’ snack on your creation.
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