Monday, April 23, 2012

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

We were inspired to make bird feeders out of cookie cutters from a blog called Eighteen25.  It's a quick and simple project to do with the kids, and you'll get lots of visitors that are fun to watch.



Supplies:
-1 cup birdseed
-1/4 cup water
-1 small envelope of unflavored gelatin
-Ribbon, twine, string, or yarn
-Cookie cutters
-Wax paper
-Cookie sheet
-Straws

Directions: 
First add an envelope of unflavored gelatin to a pot.


Then add 1/4 cup of water and bring it to a simmer, while stirring, until all the gelatin is dissolved.



Next add 1 cup of birdseed to a bowl.  The original recipe called for 3/4 cup (hence why my kids are only holding 1/4 cup of birdseed in the picture), but we still had quite a bit of liquid at the bottom after stirring, so we added another 1/4 cup.


We then mixed in the gelatin with the birdseed.  Both my son and daughter thought the two ingredients combined smelled awful....can you tell by the look on my daughter's face?? Hahahaha!




Place some wax paper on top of a cookie sheet.  Then lay your cookie cutters on top of the wax paper and  spoon the birdseed mixture all the way to the top.




The mixture is really sticky, so take the back of your spoon to make sure the mixture is packed really tightly, and to smooth out the top.




Next, cut a straw that's about an inch to an inch and a half long and poke a hole through the top of each cookie cutter mold.  Make sure that it goes all the way through because this is the hole you will use to string your ribbon  for hanging.   Leave the straw in while the mixture is drying.


Allow the mixture to dry inside the cookie cutters overnight.  Then slowly slide them out of the cookie cutters, remove the straws and string ribbon through them to hang on your tree.  I had a little trouble stringing the ribbon through the hole, so I used a bamboo skewer to help push it through.


Just an FYI...we were only able to make two ornaments from this recipe.  So depending on how many ornaments you want to make, you might want to double or triple the recipe.



And here's our first happy visitor. =)