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DIY Bird Feeder

These bird feeders are a really fun weekend project. They would also be a great scout project. Some people even make them to give away as Christmas presents. I was really surprised how easy they were to make and how cute they turned out.

To make these easy bird feeders you will need:

  • 4 c. wild bird seed
  • 4 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 c. water
  • Cookie cutters
  • Yarn or twine

This recipe will make approximately 9 small bird feeders. You can cut the recipe in half if you want to make less.

DIY bird feeder

All you have to do is dissolve the gelatin in 1 c. boiling water, just like if you were making Jello. Place the bird seed in a large bowl and then stir in the water and gelatin mixture.

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper and place the cookie cutters on the waxed paper. You will need 9 different cookie cutters. You won't be able to use the same cookie cutter more than once because these need to sit overnight before you can remove the bird seed from them.

Cut the twine or yarn into approximately 12 inch lengths. Tie the ends of each length together in a knot.

DIY bird feeder

Use a spoon to put the bird seed mixture into each cookie cutter. Fill each one half way full. Place the knot end of one of the lengths of twine or yarn into each cookie cutter.

Continue spooning in the bird seed mixture, packing it in tightly with the back of the spoon and completely covering the end of the twine. The cookie cutters should now be full of bird seed with a hanger laying over the edge of each one.

Set the cookie sheets aside for at least 12 hours, depending on the thickness of the cookie cutters. When they are done they should be completely dry and not sticky. The bird feeders should come out of the cookie cutters easily.

We hung up all of our bird feeders and the birds came right away, especially the chickadees and sparrows.

As I write this it is January, and the birds are out looking for food in great numbers. There are birds flying around all over our yard. Our cats are enjoying sitting in the windows and watching them.

It's fun to watch the birds eating their treats. I think we will be making some more!

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