Fireflies: Fireflies Crafts: HEART bird feeders         

Feb 27, 2013

Fireflies Crafts: HEART bird feeders

A Fireflies' Family Activity - Gather the materials and together create these adorable feeders for the birds in your backyards.  They are easy to make and mold into endless possible shapes.  Consider using Jello molds, cookie cutters, or no forms at all to create these bird feeders.  We used a heart shaped cookie cutter because we tried out this recipe before Valentine's Day to give as gifts.

The following makes 5 - 6 bird feeders depending on the thickness of each shape.

Materials Needed
  • 3 cups of bird seed
  • 1 packet of plain gelatin
  • 3 T corn syrup
  • 3/4 c of flour
  • 1/2 c water
  • Wax paper
  • Shape maker: cookie cutters, jello molds etc.
  • Cookie sheets
  • String
  • Pencil or straw for creating the "hanging hole"
In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the water, flour, corn syrup, and gelatin.
Add the bird seed and mix until evenly coated.   (I wanted to buy the smallest amount of bird seed available which was parakeet bird seed.   I really loved it using it because of all the colors and shapes of seeds.)
Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper, fill your desired forms with the seed mixture - packing firmly.  If the seed is not pressed together firmly, it will fall apart.
Place a hole in the center of your shape using a straw or pencil.   Make sure the hole goes all the way through.  (Placing it closer to the middle allows for enough strength to hold the string.)  When your shapes are complete, allow to air dry for 24 - 48 hours - turning every once in awhile.

Run a string through your hole, hang your bird feeders, and enjoy!    
Hang where children can observe many fine feathered visitors
coming to dine on their creations.

A Fireflies' Gratitude & Service idea:
Why not make a heart shaped bird feeder for Grandma and deliver with an "I love you" note - even if it is after Valentine's Day?   Every day is a great day to say "I love you"!   

CLICK HERE for more creative and natural bird feeders ideas.

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