These are so easy to make, “Easy Peazy!” This is a great indoor craft for the kids and the birds love it too. One of our favorite family pastimes is birdwatching. These bird feeders are a great way to say “I love you to our feathered friends”.
My son loves to say “Mom … Mom … there is a Blue Bird” and my daughter loves the red Cardinals, (she has such a sweet way of saying it!) Mom prefers the tapping of a Woodpecker and the little chickadees. If you want to spread some love to your birdies and have some fun with the kiddlets why not try these easy home-made heart bird feeders for Valentines.
Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter
Bag of Birdseed
Large mixing Bowl
Take a large mixing bowl and measure 4 cups of bird seed, (we used wild bird seed mixture). Add 3 packages of small Knox gelatin mix, stirring in 2 cups of boiling water for about 2 minutes. (we used a bit more water than the package calls for). “My motto is “More is always better”. Grease cookie cutter with a non-stick spray. We used a non-stick pan of 6 heart shapes, still spraying the inside of the pan with the non-stick spray, (we found this at our local grocery store). Spoon and press into molds. If you have a single heart-shaped mold (use a piece of foil on the back of it, and spray with non-stick spray).
Use spoon to smooth top of the filled cookie cutters to flatten. Poke in little holes at top of each heart with straws and put into hearts. We cut the straws in half. Put in your freezer or outside if cold, (we used the freezer for 2 or 3 hours), this allows for a faster hardening process.
Carefully take out the hearts (we used a knife to start the edge of the cookie cutter. If straw is not all the way through hole, gently push it to the other side of heart. Put a piece of twine in the hole. We started with the hard side of heart to get it through the hole easier. Use a big enough piece of twine to tie at top and hang outside.
This recipe makes about 12 small hearts. Place on trees and watch the birds and kids delight in their new heart feeders. If you don’t want to put them all out at once, we suggest storing the leftovers in the Freezer in a container as this keeps them hard. Volia – How hard was that – “Easy Peazy!”
Talk soon ~