I didn't reinvent the wheel or anything on this one, but I saw these cute little bird feeders that my friend Jill made (idea from Pinterest) and was inspired to create some of our own.
Now, a lot of projects we start Nugget and I jump in head first, having a ball, but the second there is a lull she is off to bigger and better things. I was pleasantly surprised that she could do pretty much all of this one on her own, and saw it through to the end. She even loved it so much that we had to double our recipe, and make it twice. There will be lots of happy birds in our neck of the woods.
To make some of your own, follow along. (Recipe taken from here.)
What you'll need:
*3/4 cup birdseed
*1/4 cup water
*1 small envelope of knox gelatine
*twine or string
*cookie cutters, molds or mason jar lids
Then follow these steps:
*Mix together the envelope of gelatine with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a
simmer while stirring.
Continue stirring until the gelatine is dissolved.
*Remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
*Stir in the 3/4 cup birdseed. Add a little more if there is liquid still
in the bottom of the pan.
*Lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed
*Cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
*Continue filling with birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
*Push the birdseed evenly into the cookie cutter until it's full.
*Allow them to dry overnight, turning them over every now and then.
*Remove from the cookie cutters and hang them in your trees.
We wrapped them up with a festive ribbon and a little gift tag, and shared them with our neighbors, the mailman, Grandma, Great Grandma, and teachers. We're saving a few that Nugget wants to send to our family in Utah, and we also kept three to hang in our own trees.
Super simple and fun. Now we get to wait and watch out the window for our hungry birds!