Want to know how to make these easy bird seed shapes?
When nice weather rolls around, I love to hear the birds sing. The easiest way to taunt them into my yard is by feeding them! These fun, and easy bird seed shapes are a neat thing to do with the kids. It’s a quick craft that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or prep time, which is awesome in my book.
Bird seed (select a type that is appropriate for birds in your native area)
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
1 cup of very hot water
Cookie cutters of choice
Toothpick or small straw
Twine, ribbon, or string
Place three cups of bird seed in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the gelatin and hot water with a whisk until it’s completely dissolved. Add the gelatin mixture to the bird seed and stir until all the bird seed is wet.
Set out a sheet of wax paper on the counter. Place your cookie cutters on the wax paper. Make sure your cookie cutters aren’t more than a half an inch thick, or you will need to let the shapes dry for much longer. I used cookie cutters with moderate details, but not intricate details, and it worked very well.
Use a spoon, and ladel in the bird seed into each cookie cutter. Press them in gently with your fingers to make sure there are no air pockets in the shapes. Smooth out the tops as well. Use a toothpick or a small straw to make a hole in your birdseed shapes for hanging later. Leave them sitting for 4-6 hours.
Once 4-6 hours has passed, flip the shapes over on the wax paper, and let them sit for another 4-6 hours, or overnight. I left mine overnight. Once they’re completely hard and dry, gently press them from their shapes. They should release easily. Use 6″-8″ pieces of string to loop through the holes so you can tie them outside to a branch of a tree. Be sure to tie the knots on the twine tightly, so the wind doesn’t blow your shapes away.
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