For the Birds: Easy Pine Cone Nesting Mobiles

Apr 21, 2015

In honour of Earth Day we decided to do a craft to help out one of Mother Nature's children… the birds!

This is the time of year when birds are out collecting sticks, straw and whatever they can find to build their nests. Did you know that by offering birds nesting materials, they are more likely to actually stick around your yard and build their nests? How cool! So, in honour of our winged friends, we made some nesting mobiles out of natural materials.

You will need:

  • pinecones (any size will do, but the bigger the better)
  • embroidery thread or strong string
  • wooden beads
  • yarn
  • roving or cotton batting


To start, we went on a foraging hike and gathering up some pinecones. We happened to have some huge ones in our yard, but use whatever size you can get your hands on.

We tied a long piece of embroidery floss to the top of the pinecone, leaving a long tail for what comes next!

A collage of two images of girls holding big pine cones.

Next, using a large needle, we strung on some pretty wooden beads (I dyed them green and blue with food colouring). To keep this a natural mobile, try to stick to using wood beads. Then we got out some colourful yarn and snipped it into pieces about 3-inches long. We loosely wrapped each piece in between the beads. We didn't tie them because we wanted to birds to be able to remove them easily.

A collage of two images, one of snipping bits of yarn with a pair of scissors, and the other a close up of wooden beads strung from the top of a pine cone with bits of wool wrapped between the beads.

Lastly, we stuffed the pinecone with wool roving. You could also use cotton batting, or even just weave some yarn in and out. 

A collage of two images: one of cotton batting and bits of yarn woven through the teeth of a pine cone; the other of the completed mobile hanging in a tree.

A proud bird helper and Earth lover here!

A smiling girl holding up a finished pine cone mobile.

You can hang these anywhere in nature knowing that they are made out of beautiful natural materials and will eventually return to the Earth from which they came.

Nesting mobiles hanging in a tree at sunset.

Happy Earth Day!

Article Author Maureen Macmillan
Maureen Macmillan

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Maureen Macmillan is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Shanti. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Maureen is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages five and 10, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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