Valentine's Day Birdseed Treat

Craft a special valentine for your backyard birds.
Valentines for the Birds

Valentines for the Birds

A black-capped chickadee takes a peek at this tasty seed-covered pinecone heart.

A black-capped chickadee takes a peek at this tasty seed-covered pinecone heart.


During snowy Northeast winters, we spend hours peering outside the kitchen window at our bird feeders. We have learned a great deal about the local birds that stay through the winter and we have really come to enjoy backyard birding as a family. Outside the window, we have created a little sanctuary that attracts a number of different bird species. Each year, around this time, we like to treat the birds to something special. Last year, we created a suet wreath with the woodpeckers in mind. This year, we thought we could make a valentine just for the birds.

Some of our most frequent feathered visitors at our feeders include black-capped chickadees, cardinals, blue jays, assorted wrens, nuthatches, goldfinches, woodpeckers, sparrows and robins. This year's treat is packed with protein from both the peanut butter and the sunflower seeds.The raisins add a touch of sweetness and provide carbohydrates. For those of you with peanut allergies, feel free to substitute sunflower butter in its place.

Immediately after we hung the seed-covered treat outside, the birds quickly discovered it! The gratification was instant. I have a feeling that we will be "refilling" this pine cone heart a few more times before winter is over. I think it's safe to say they loved their heart-filled valentine.

Supply List:

  • Pinecones
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters/scissors
  • Protected surface
  • Bird seed & raisins
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spoon
  • Plates
  • Ribbon

Now take a peek at the gallery below for all of the step by step directions:

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Valentines for the Birds

Learn how to make a tasty treat to spoil your winter visitors.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need: pinecones/floral wire/wire clippers/protected surface/peanut butter or sunflower butter (for those with peanut allergies)/birdseed/raisins/plates/spoon/ribbon

Wire it Up

Cut approximately 5 feet of floral wire. Fold it in half and wire the pinecone in the middle to the center of the folded wire.

Taking Shape

Continue wiring the pinecones together into the shape of your choice. Here, a heart is forming, but a circle would be just as lovely.

Extra Support

Wire the last and the first pinecones together and trim off any excess wire. Add extra wire for extra support if necessary to maintain your shape.

Peanut Butter and Seeds

Add about a cup of peanut butter to one plate and the seeds and raisins to another. Using the back of a spoon or your fingers (like me), spread the peanut butter into the nooks and crannies of all the pinecones. Then add the seeds to the peanut butter.

Freeze It

Place the heart on a dinner plate and place it in the freezer to harden up for about 30 minutes.

Add a Ribbon

Tie a ribbon to the heart and hang it outside your window.

Feed the Birds

Enjoy your backyard visitors. Here, a black-capped chickadee is caught with a seed in mid-air.

Sideways

You can also hang the heart sideways. This Carolina wren doesn't care one bit!

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