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Barter Fair Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Barter Fair Pine Cone Bird Feeder

During the past few years, my son’s teacher has organized a barter fair in her class in lieu of “Secret Santa”. The children have responded with great enthusiasm to this initiative. Instead of being a little sad and disappointed by the result of the “Secret Santa”, where the children receive 1 gift and then compare with each other and experience envy, jealousy and anger. The children are making 10 to 15 little handmade crafts, get together and learn to trade and negotiate. The result is wonderful, the children are very happy and come home with 10 to 15 gifts from their friends.  This year, my son made Pine Cones Bird Feeders.

Materials:

  • Vegetable Shortening (3lb tub of Crisco shortening)
  • Peanut Butter (Creamy Jif Natural 16oz jar)
  • Bird seeds (the mix used in this recipe contains Hullet Millet, Cracked Corn, Sunflower and Peanut Pieces)
  • Kitchen twine
  • Pine cones (the pine cones could be gathered in nature during the summer and fall but if that is not an option, store-bought during the holiday season will do just fine)

Preparation:

  1. Install the hanging mechanism to the pine cone by using 24 inches of twine and making a knot around one end of the pine cone.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the shortening and peanut butter until well mixed and even color.
  3. Fold in 2 cups of bird seeds to the shortening mixture.
  4. Prepare a second bowl with loose bird seed.
  5. Apply generously the shortening mixture the pine cone.
  6. Dip the pine cone in the loose bird seed to coat completely (this make the feeders less sticky and messy).
  7. Wrap the pine cones individually in cellophane or tin foil.

This recipe yielded 12 Pine Cone Bird Feeders. The whole preparation and making of the bird feeder was about 1 hour.

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