Monday, March 28, 2011

Crafting with kids-pinecone feeders and a bird house that would make any bird jealous!

So after Saturday's adventure I just wanted to relax on Sunday and do some crafts with Natalie.  We had gone on a scavenger hunt around our neighborhood last week and found all kinds of neat stuff.  We found a ton of pinecones and I told Natalie that it would be fun to make them into bird feeders.  I'm sure you have all either made your own or have seen them before.  You just take some twine and tie it on one end so that you can hang it up.  Then you spread peanut butter all over the pinecone. (I just bought cheap peanut butter at Target that we will use only for bird feeders.)  Then you roll the pinecones in bird seed and hang them up outside.  Here are the two we made....

Natalie keeps checking to see if any birds have had a nibble yet.  So far no takers.  Maybe they are peanut butter connoisseurs and can smell the cheapo peanut butter a mile away.

Our second project was a birdhouse.  We bought a kit at Lowe's the other day.  It was a lot of fun to put together.  Natalie learned the proper way to hold and use a hammer.  After we got it nailed together Natalie got to work on painting it.  She decided on a different color for each part. And a rainbow on one side of the roof :-)

And I added a little message around the "front door"...

The plan is to hang it on our fence in the backyard.  Hopefully when the birds are out shopping for new digs this one will suit there fancy.  If I was a bird I would total live here!


  1. So fun. Between you and Gwen, I'm realizing I need to stop the craziness and just play with the kids more. So, Thank You! for inspiring me to be a better mom.

  2. the birdhouse is sooo cute!
    and great minds, whoa!
    when i was in south carolina, they have awesome pines... emmy gathered a whole bag of pine cones and i told her we could make bird feeders and save some to make ornaments!

  3. Lucky birds! That is one baller house =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  4. Cassie told me what a great time all of you had on Saturday....Your bird seed hangers look good enough for humans to eat...LOL!!

    Take care,

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  6. I saw you on Every Craft Endeavor. What a great bird house! so adorable. the first pinecone one is awesome too. simple but really cute.

    the dragons fairy tail

  7. Diggin' the bird house! :-) Precious!

  8. Cute projects, Andi! I've decided I need to do more stuff like this with my girls. The birdhouse sounds like it was a great learning experience.

  9. Awww, your daughter looks so proud of her creation! I really should do more projects with my girls. Thanks for the inspiration!


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