Today we set about making some home made bird feeders for our garden. A very simple recipe that is great for pre-schoolers to be fully involved from start to finish almost. We are planning to give some of home made bird feeders away as gifts over Winter to help feed the birds in our friends and families gardens too.
You will need
- Bird seed
- Warm water
- Cookie Cutters
- Mixing Bowl
- Silver Foil
1) Set out your cutters onto foil, ready to be filled.
1) Begin by dissolving the gelatine in warm water. Instructions will be found on the back of your gelatine packet.
2) Add some of the bird seed into the bowl before adding the fully dissolved Gelatine.
3) Keep mixing and adding the bird seed gradually. Just as a guide we used one sachet of Gelatine to 350g of Birdseed. As you can see in the picture above there is still liquid so we added more seed until this was gone.
4) As you reach a consistency where all the bird seed is covered in Gelatine and there isn't much liquid remaining, start scooping up the covered seed and filling your cutters. Make sure they are on a non-stick surface. We used kitchen foil and it worked fine.
5) Press the mixture down with your spoon, to compact the seed. When it is compacted add a straw to the top to allow for hanging once the feeders have set. Keep in mind you don't want the straws too close to the edges as you don't want to create weaknesses so they fall apart
6) After 2 hours flip the filled cookie cutters over and allow to stand for another 2-3 hours.
7) Once set put them out of the cutters and add ribbon.
Why not consider making some additional homemade birdseed feeders for family and friends? Place them into clear bags and add ribbons and tags.
Aswel as giving some of ours to friends and family we took some of them to a local woodland:
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