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Easy Crafts for Kids: Homemade Cookie Cutter Birdfeeder
Making birdfeeders with cookie cutters is a simple craft that is oh so cute. Kids love to make them and birds love to eat them, and kids and adults LOVE watching the birds eat them. They take about 30 minutes to make, so this project will hold the attention of even the smallest child.
- 2 cups of birdseed
- ½ cup of water
- 2 small envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- Twine, string or ribbon cut into 8 – 10 inch strips
- Cookie cutters
- Wax paper
Start off by mixing gelatin into warm water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Once the gelatin is dissolved remove it from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Pour the birdseed into a 2 quart mixing bowl and then slowly add the gelatin mixture. Stir until all of the birdseed is coated with the liquid. When selecting the birdseed, it is best to choose a kind with not very many sunflower seeds for the solidity of the feeder.
Lay out the cookie cutters on a sheet of wax paper. This recipe makes 10 birdfeeders, so you need 10 cookie cutters. It can easily be cut in half though to only make 5 birdfeeders.
Once the cookie cutters are laid out, begin filling the cookie cutters with the birdseed mixture. Fill the cookie cutters up about halfway packing it down snugly.
It’s important to only fill them half way so that the ribbon will be in the center of the feeder. Ribbon that is too close to the top of the feeder could cause the finished birdfeeder to break easily.
Tie a knot at the end of a ribbon strip for the loop. Then, while holding the end of the knot into the cookie cutter, cover the ribbon with birdseed to hold it into place. Then continue by filling up the rest of the cookie cutter with birdseed mixture. Make sure to pack it down as tightly as possible, and pay special attention to the corners of any odd shapes it tends to be harder to get the birdseed in those places for the kiddos.
After an hour, the gelatin will begin to firm up. Turn over each of the birdfeeders and press them down firmly from the top. This will level off the other side of the birdfeeder, and will help to make the birdseed more compact in the cookie cutter for a stronger feeder.
Let the birdfeeders stay in the cookie cutters overnight to dry completely. The next morning, the feeders will slide easily out of the cookie cutters, and they are ready to be hung from the trees.