Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders
What a great idea! These little bird feeders are just adorable and most definitely a unique Valentine’s Day present. I found the idea on Wine And Glue, a really cute blog that has tons of recipes and craft ideas. Be sure to check it out!
Making these bird feeders are a simple craft for children to make and give to their classmates, friends, and family.
Here’s the recipe:
- 3/4 a cup of flour
- 1/2 a cup of water
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)*
- 3 tbsp corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
Spray a spoon with cooking spray and then mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, a la this
Next, spray the inside of your cookie cutter with cooking spray, and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fill it with the birdseed mixture. Be sure to really pack it down. In retrospect, I wish I would have sprayed another spoon with cooking spray and used the back of it to help pack it down. It would have made for two smooth sides, instead of one.
Once you have your cookie cutter full, use something (we used a sturdy straw) to make a hole. Then, holding down the birdseed, pull off the cookie cutter. I had to respray the cookie cutter after every four and with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, I made 12 feeders. They are not so easy to do with kids because they’re a messy activity, and they are really fragile when you take off the cookie cutter. But this would probably be perfect to do with an eight or ten-year-old.
Let them firm up overnight, and then they are ready to hang or give away.
Next morning the kids and I went outside and found the perfect tree to hang them from and then we secretly watched from a distance hoping to see some birds come and eat. Rex called out that it was dinner time – it was really cute!O:) He decided that this would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for his class. Well then, we better get a move on it and make some more!
What Valentine’s Day crafts have you and your kids made together? I would love to hear the story behind it!
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