Hanging Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder | Homemade Bird Seed Cakes

My little and guy and I have been busy making some treats for our feathered friends. We have a variety of regular vistors and really enjoy doing what we can to keep them around.
We have made a number of different bird feeders in the past and they all have a common theme to them – simple and easy. These two words are key for getting CJ involved and really gets a kick out of actually seeing the birdies eat the creations he hangs outside.

Materials Needed
Large Cookie Cutter
A Stick from the Yard
Super Glue
Twine and/or Wire
Bird Seed Cake
Bird Seed Cake Recipe
4 Tablespoons of Unflavored Gelatin
1 Cup of Water
2-3 Cups of Pre-Mixed Bird Seed
Cooking Spray
A Drinking Straw
Molds or Cookie Cutters {Tin, Plastic, or Silicone}
Begin by punching a hole in the cookie cutter. Since the metal is thin, simply hammering a nail through the top works fine.
Next cut a stick for perch and super glue it to the bottom.
Cut a piece of twine for the hanger – thread it through the hole and tie a double knot.
The birdseed cakes are CJ’s creations. I have been using the same homemade birdseed cake recipe originally posted two years ago – it’s the same recipe we used for the homemade birdseed wreath and has set up really nice for us every time.
Begin by mixing two envelopes of Knox Gelatin (approximately 4 tablespoons) to 1 Cup of water. Simmer on low until the gelatin has completely dissolved then stir in 2 Cups of Birdseed. Spray the mold with cooking spray and pack in the birdseed mixture. Insert a piece of straw into the cake to create the hole for hanging – then let set for 2 hours in the fridge. For step by step directions check out the full birdseed cake recipe.
Thread a piece of twine or wire through the birdseed cake and then through the cookie cutter to hang.
Then, just find the perfect spot to hang…
and wait for the birdies to come. 
Hope your week is off to a wonderful start – enjoy.
                  

Comments

  1. Such a cute little bird feeder!

  2. This little bird feeder is adorable. Do the birds like it?
    Traci

  3. such a sweet idea!

  4. What a great and pretty simple project. Since I’m so crazy about birds, no excuses not to make something for them. It’s so cold here they need some good fuel. Sure glad you shared this, gonna make em a.s.a.p. You make it look so easy, great tutorial. Thanks. Happy 2013

  5. This is to stinking cute. I love it!

  6. These are so adorable! I love the added stick perch for the birds! Do you ever catch a glimpse of them on it?

  7. These are so cute and what a great craft for the kiddos! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Such a cute idea! It reminded me of a Valentine poem that I once learned:

    I gave a hundred Valentines.
    A hundred, did I say?
    I gave a thousand Valentines
    one cold and wintry day.

    I didn’t put my name on them
    or any other words,
    because my Valentines were seeds
    for February birds.

  9. My Mom would love this, she is all about feeding and watching her birds. I’ll give this a try for her. Thanks for the tutorial.

  10. this is so sweet stephanie lynn!

  11. So cute! Great idea and very creative!
    Have a great week.
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  12. I would love to make these. Such a fun shape. I used to make the the pinecones with birdseed with my kindergarten students years ago. Now, I have woods behind our home, but also a naughty cat.

  13. So it’s 11pm and I am making these…is it really 4 Tbsp, or 4 tsp, which is about what 2 envelopes seems to be?? I could not get Knox, have a generic brand, but I enlarged the pic of the Knox box from the original blog recipe, and it seems my envelopes are the same size…oh well, hope it works, SO cute!!

        

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