This year in school, the focus of our science curriculum is birds. We’re learning more about birds than you ever thought about wanting to know– the types of feathers they have, which birds migrate and which stay put, how birds actually fly and glide, as well as what attracts different birds to your yard.
We’ve been experimenting with a variety of bird foods and types of bird feeders. Some we’ve purchased and some we have made on our own.
Today, I’m going to share with you our DIY cookie cutter Bird Feeders. These fun bird feeders are a bit messy, yet super simple and fun to make. They’re also easy to customize, using whatever bird food you happen to have on hand.
DIY Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
Makes approximately 6
- assorted cookie cutters
- 2 cups of birdseed
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
- Wax paper
- Cookie sheet
Open both packets of your unflavored gelatin and pour them into a small pot. Add the water, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to s simmer, stirring frequently, Continue until all the gelatin is dissolved.
Put your birdseed into a large mixing bowl and pour the liquid on top. This is a step that mom or dad may want to do, as the liquid is definitely hot. Mix everything together really, really well. For this step, we used both a mixing spoon and our hands to ensure that everything was evenly coated.
Now, put a sheet of wax paper on top of your cookie sheet and lay out your cookie cutters. Begin to spoon the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters. Fill all the way to the top, using the back of your spoon to press the mixture down and ensure that the seeds are packed in there tightly. Try to make sure that the top is as smooth as possible.
I then cut our straw into 1″ pieces. We pushed a straw piece through the bird see mixture, near the top of each cookie cutter. Ensure that the straw goes ALL THE WAY through. You’re going to need the opening it creates to string ribbon for hanging the bird feeders.
Leave the straws in place and allow the bird feeders to dry. We let them dry overnight to ensure that they were completely dry throughout. When dry, the bird feeders should slide right out of the cookie cutters. Take it slow to ensure you don’t break the bird feeders.
When all bird feeders have been removed, string ribbon through the holes created by the straws. Tie the two ends together to form a loop. Your bird feeders are ready for hanging!
We hung our feeders all around the yard, choosing different types of trees and heights to display them at. This way, we could see if there was a certain tree, area, or height that birds in our yard prefer to eat at.
These easy DIY cookie cutter Bird Feeders are great as the weather begins to cool off and backyard birds have less food readily available to them.
Let me know if you make these with your children. I’d love to see pictures of the finished product!