Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pinecones and Peanut Butter

We had a very nice
Thanksgiving, even though it was just the three of us.

I thought I'd show you some of the crafty things
we accomplished in between the cooking, cleaning, etc.

I made a wreath template out of sturdy cardboard, a
 plate and a pot.
Then we used a glue gun to attach the pine cones.
I didn't have any great ribbon lying around
(and refused to do any last minute shopping for the 11th time) so
we recycled one from a gift from last year.  Not the best
but it will do.

Our pine cone wreath:

Bad, bad lighting.

Next we had to do something
for my bird friends.
A little peanut butter and cornmeal tossed together and
a few, I threw in some frozen blueberries.
I placed the mixtures in a muffin tin,
let them semi freeze,
poked a hole in the middle using a straw
then ran some raffia through the hole for hanging.

Here's what they look like:

Unfortunately, these only work for those of us in the
freezing climates.
We're too warm to hang them out right now
but they await the colder temps in the freezer.

Do you have a favorite craft of bird treat idea?
I'd love to hear and see them!


Scrappy Pink Corner said...

It looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving. Atleast it was peaceful and quiet. Love the pine cone wreath. Nice to have pine cones and use them for crafts. I like what you did for the birds. Cute. I hope the birds love them.

Melodie said...

The wreath is lovely and I like the bird treat! We could not do them here that is for sure,lol!We just fill the feeders and hang out suet.

Gloria said...

Awesome idea for the birds! Can't do it here in FL though. Maybe once we get to NH!

Paula said...

You're always a busy girl thinking up new things. Birds gonna love you too.

TexWisGirl said...

that's so sweet of you to make treats for the birds! i saw another blogger this morning with a peanut butter jar screwed into a holder with slits cut out in the side of the jar. here, it would be filled with bugs or my dogs would be climbing the tree to get it. but in cold climates, i bet it is very much appreciated!

Ellie said...

I'm glad you had a lovely and happy Thanksgiving. If you are with the ones's you love that is all that matters!!!

You are very creative aren't you? I love your pinecone wreath and your biscuits for the birds sound wonderful. Lucky birds!!! :)

Flora said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time!! Great crafts.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jill... your wreath is so pretty!... and I love that you take such good care of your little feathered friends... those treats are fabulous!... I put out peanut butter in a little feeder full of holes that I bought... along with suet, mixed seed, fruit and nut and berry mix, apple slices, peanuts, cracked corn... gee, the only thing missing is a cheeseball and crackers for them... hmmm... guess I better get working on that... xoxo Julie Marie

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love your crafts - so cute. Just the 3 of you for Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, to tell you the truth.

Donna said...

Love the Wreath!!! Y'all did great!
I'll be trying the Peanut butter thingy!! Love the idea Jill! Thanks!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Awesome wreath, Jill -- I thought about making one yesterday as I was gathering cones for the fire. Maybe later...

I have done the roll pine cones in peanut butter, then in bird seed and freeze trick. You can use ribbon or wire to hang them anywhere. :)

Chatty Crone said...

How nice your Thanksgiving and your crafts.

We take the pine cones - put peanut butter on them - and roll them in bird seed - then hang them out.

Love, sandie

Sharon said...

Pretty wreath! I like the idea of the peanut butter and cornmeal, will have to wait until it gets a lot colder though, maybe just put the concoction in a dish...

Our cold front hasn't come through yet, it's 75F right now, but due to change!

Madi and Mom said...

BOY oh BOY what crafy artsy folks you 3 are!! Kudos to your most efficient assistants too.

Our fine feather friends will have a feast come freezing temps.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Anonymous said...

Came over to visit from Sharon's "I forget what I forgot" blog! Enjoying your what you've made for the birds...I'm in Florida, so sadly don't think they'd work here!

Donna said...

Oh my gosh! Love your wreath! All these pine cones from around your own home make it even more special!

And, your birds will love you when the weather is colder and food is scarce!

I love your new header, banner (sorry, not up on all of the tech lingo - but it is so beautiful!)

Hope your weekend continues to be as wonderful as it seems to have been so far!


forgetmenot said...

Very nice wreath--I love to use things from nature to make decorations. We cover bagels with peanut butter and then roll them in birdseed. Whatever I put out seems to go FAST!!! Mickie :)

Janet said...

I too have popped over from Sharon`s blog -love the wreath x

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love pinecones, and your post has reminded me that I have a couple of big boxes of them out in my garage that I should do something with--THANKS for the idea because I really don't have very many of my own! :-)

Michaele said...

Wow - what a lot of good ideas for the birds this winter. Nice of you and all your blog friends.

Anonymous said...

My sis and I were just discussing making a pinecone Christmas tree earlier today. You are going to have some very grateful birds - love the treats!

Anonymous said...

very creative... the birds love you, don't they! =)

Ginny said...

Your wreath is beautiful, prettier than most I see hanging in the craft stores. We are bird watchers, too! I love your moon through the birch shots!

Ginny said...

Gosh, I'm looking through your comments, and we have a LOT of the same followers! They are all such wonderful people!

Bonnie said...

How crafty! I adore pinecone wreaths. I would love to do your little peanut feeders. I think it will be too warm here. I could probably wait until Jan. or Feb. Bonnie

Kerri said...

Oh Jill - I LOVE your bird treat idea ..... and that Wreath is GORGEOUS!!

I made a bird feeder wreath a few years back .... and It's still going strong. Here is a link to pics from when I first made it:

Tammy said...

Whe I saw your title, I thought you were doing the pinecone bird feeders we did as kids (when you spread the pinecones with peanut butter and roll them in bird seed). This looks like a great idea!

EG Wow said...

I love your idea of mixing peanut butter with cornmeal!