I was feeling crafty the other day and made these bird seed ornaments to place in my bird garden in the back yard during the winter months. I thought they might be a cute addition to my bird feeders for the winter months and continue to draw birds into my backyard to watch this winter. And I pretty much used supplies I had around the house to make a suet type of mixture for my birdseed. Even the pine cones came from my back yard.
I started with a 1/2 cup of lard and placed it in an empty soup can.
Next I added 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
I heated a pan of water on the stove and placed my soup can with my ingredients inside and allowed this to cook until it melted completely.
Next I dipped the pine cones into my suet mixture. (I used an ove glove to hold on to the can as it was hot.)
Then I rolled my pine cone in birdseed. (Different types of birdseed attract different birds; this was a mixture of cracked corn and other ingredients which should attract blue jays, cardinals and robins.)
I then allowed the bird seed pine cones to set up for about a day before I moved them again. The next day I drilled a small hole into the stem of the pine cone. (I used my husbands power drill for this with the smallest drill bit.)
Then I attached an ornament hook through the hole and made a hanger for the pine cone.
After that my pine cones were ready to be hung on the tree for the birds. I have also thought about stinging some popcorn and hanging that up for the birds to eat as well. And figured it would make a nice little decoration for my winter bird garden.