These nut-free pinecone bird feeders are super easy to make and the kids absolutely love that they can lick their fingers in between decorating. For me, any craft that is almost free, super easy and edible would be a top pick. Let’s be honest, the fact that we can eat the craft supplies, is probably the best part of this activity though. We really do love a good food craft kind of like these Pokemon cookies and rice krispies or better yet, these edible dirt cups. We just can’t get enough! I had literally had saved these pinecones I found over 4 years ago for this specific craft. I knew at some point, I would actually get around to doing it. Believe me, it is one of many “half crafts” that are lying around my house. Many don’t actually make it to completion but I am proud to say this one did. Woohoo!
As a mom, life gets so busy. Add in a my job as a blogger and I really have to use my time wisely in order to achieve the things I want to do. For me, being a stay-at-home mom is of number one priority. I find myself getting lost sometimes in my work, so this summer I have been working extra hard to make a schedule. I have been using my favorite planner, the Passion Planner, for two years now and it helps me plan right down to the half hour. I know it may seem a bit neurotic but its the only way for me to stay on task. I have been scheduling my work time for after the kids are in bed and during their nap/quiet time so that I can be as present as possible for them during the day. Does that mean I entertain them all day? Most definitely not. I just try not to be wrapped up in media (my phone) or at my computer. I work on other chores I have like cleaning, laundry, dishes and of course just the day in and day outs of taking care of three little ones. I plan our activity time for the mid-morning from 10-12. I like to do activities from our summer fun checklist during this time and I know the kids do to because they ask every morning, “What fun activity are we doing today?” As I have said before, these activities are as little as playing a game together but they love that I have thought of something specific to do with them. These pinecone bird feeders literally came about because I went in to get something else out of the activity closet and saw the pinecones just sitting there. I thought, “Hey, maybe I should use those now.” After all, they had been in there for years, it was about time. We decided to help all the nut-free birdies out there and use our Sunbutter and seeds to make nut-free pinecone bird feeders. We may just have to bake them some of these Sunbutter and chocolate chip muffins now too. 😉