A bird feeder is a great gift you can make yourself. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a free nature show from their window?
Hanging bird feeders made from bird seed are really simple and inexpensive to make. A simple DIY, the bird seed is held together with clear gelatin and hangs from a tree branch with a piece of twine.
As a Valentine, a feeder can be packaged up really cute with a corny Valentine saying! I love “Valentine, you are so very tweet!” So appropriate for a bird themed gift! And, a small bird from a craft store is the perfect addition to the wrapping!
Choose an appropriate shaped cookie cutter to use as a mold. I chose a heart to go along with a Valentine theme, but also chose a state-shaped mold to make a ‘state pride’ feeder to gift to an out-of-state relative. Cookie cutters are available in virtually any shape so, have fun with it!
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 envelopes unflavored Knox gelatin
- 2 cups bird seed
- Large baking sheet
- Parchment or wax paper
- Cookie cutters
- Cooking spray
- Drinking straw
Place a piece of parchment or wax paper on a flat baking sheet. Set out desired cookie cutters onto the sheet. Use cooking spray to spray the surface/cutters. Cut the straw into 2” pieces and set aside.
Heat 2/3 cup water in a medium saucepan; removing from the heat just before it starts to boil. Sprinkle the contents of 2 envelopes (4 come in a package) of Knox unflavored gelatin on top of the water and let dissolve, stirring as necessary. After the gelatin is fully incorporated, let the mixture stand 5 minutes – enough to cool down, but not enough to completely set. Stir in 2 cups of bird seed, mixing thoroughly. I used the seed for small birds – small seed pieces best stick together.
Place the bird seed mixture into the cutter molds; pressing firmly in place. Insert a piece of straw into each piece to create a hole for hanging.
Place the sheet in fridge to set. After an hour or two, remove each feeder from its cookie cutter and lay flat to dry overnight.
Remove straw pieces and let dry a couple days before adding twine to each feeder for hanging.
Package as desired. Makes approximately 2-4 feeders, depending on the size of the cookie cutters. (For example, one batch could fill one 5” cookie cutter, one 4” cookie cutter and one 3” inch cookie cutter.)
Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie