Over the holidays, one of the handmade gifts we make for Christmas were DIY Bird Feeders using Cookie Cutters. Since the kids had so much fun making them for their relatives, we decided to get the supplies back out and make some to hang at our house.
They aren't time consuming to make, but do take a little while to dry. The final product is an adorable little bird feeder. The kids really enjoyed making them and loved watching out the window as the birds ate their creation.
- 2 cups water
- 3 cups birdseed
- 2 unflavored gelatin packets (1/4 ounce each)
- Cookie Cutters (any shape will do)
- Cookie Sheet lined with Aluminum Foil
- Drinking Straw
- Twine, String or Ribbon
- Heat 2 cups of water in a pan. Add in 2 packets of unflavored gelatin packets. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Stir in 3 cups birdseed until it is evenly coated.
- Allow mixture to cool until gelatin is thick and coats all the birdseed.
- Place the cookie cutters on the lined cookie sheet. NOTE: We didn't use cooking spray and didn't have any problems with them sticking. However, you may need to spray the foil and inside of the cookie cutters.
- Hold a drinking straw upright in the cookie cutter. This will result in a hole that can be used to hang the feeder.
- While holding the straw, drop spoonfuls of bird seed mixture into each cookie cutter. Make sure to pack the mixture in until the cookie cutter is completely full of seed.
- Set aside and allow mixture to harden. We left ours sit for 4 hours. Once hardened, remove the feeder and the straw.
- Loop a piece of Twine, String or Ribbon through the hole and hang outside for the birds to enjoy