With snow on the ground and freezing temps, its hard for our feathered friends to find food. You can make your own suet feeder to hang in your gardens or you can gather the kids and make your own bird feeders.
I love making these into whatever cookie cutter shapes I have and the birds love them.
All you need is for this project:
- 2 packs of Knox gelatin
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups of bird seed
- cookie cutters
- wax paper or cellophane or cookie sheet
- twine or ribbon
Mix 1/2 cup of boiling water with the Knox gelatin and stir until mixed well. Let it cool just a bit but not too long. It hardens quickly. Add your birdseed and mix well. Don’t put too much bird seed or the shape won’t hold. I used a birdseed with a lot of sunflower seeds since I am trying to attract the songbirds. The birdseed with a lot of smaller seeds compacts much better in the cookie cutters and children have an easier time working with it.
Lay out your cookie cutters on the wax paper, cellophane or a cookie sheet sprayed with a little cooking oil and just spoon in your mixture to fill the cutter. Pack it in pretty tight so it will hold its shape after curing. If you notice, there are dog bone cookie cutters. Ernest T. Bass, Boxer extraordinaire, said its very important to let the birds know there is a dog around here!
Take your straws, cut them into 3 small pieces and put one in each filled cookie cutter. Make sure it goes through the other side. You could also use chopsticks or anything else that will make a hole. Let sit for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, slowly push each hardened bird feeder out of the cookie cutter, remove the straw and add your twine or ribbon. They are now ready to hang in the trees or bushes or where ever your birds love to be. Don’t forget to call them for dinner!
Even though this mixture is rather sticky, it feels like glue, its easy clean up with just warm soapy water.
TIP: If you have never used Knox gelatin before, you should find it with all the Jello items in your grocery store. But, I found that the Knox gelatin was hard to find in my area and I had to order it from Amazon. I have found that very small cookie cutters, especially those with a lot of corners, don’t work as well keeping their shape when they are ready to be removed from the cookie cutter. Imagine all the different shapes to make at different times of the winter season.
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