Festive Bird Feeders


Christmas is upon us. You've wrapped the gifts. Got the turkey out of the freezer. You've visited your family and friends. 

Maybe you want to do something a bit different. You'd like to make something with the kids. Maybe you need them distracted for a little while. Well, this little craft is ideal. Although, please be aware it can get a little messy!


Bird seed set in shapes of a snowman and stars


To make these festive bird feeders you will need

  • Bird seed - £1 @ Wilko
  • Festive shaped cutters - £1 @ Home Bargains and Poundland
  • Gelatin - £1.19 @ Asda
  • Peanut Butter 99p @ Lidl
  • Chopping bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Jug
  • Hot water
  • Straws 
  • String
  • Scissors
The listed ingredients and equipment

To start you will need to establish how much bird feed you need. To do this I laid out the cutters on the chopping board and poured the seed into them and this gave the amount required.

Cookie cutters shaped like snowmen

The cutters full of seed

Next, make up the gelatin in the mixing bowl as per the directions.

Gelatin being poured into a bowl

Gelatin being made in a bowl

Add the bird seed and stir well. 

Gelatin and bird seed in a bowl

Gelatin and bird seed in a bowl

Spoon into the cutters.

Bird seed in the cookie cutters with straws in to make holes

Using the scissors, cut the straw and cut into short lengths. Place in the shape where you'd like the hole for the string to be.

Close up of the straws in the seed

Close up of the straws in the seed

Place in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours but preferably overnight.

When removed from the fridge loosen the shapes from the board. Also, carefully push the straws all the way through the seed so it goes through the other side. Remove the cutters.

The festive bird seed shapes on a board and out of the cutters

Using the spoon, or a spatula if you have one, smear the peanut butter on to parts of the bird seed shapes.

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter

I know from the feeders I have previously made that birds and squirrels love peanut butter!

Cut the string into the lengths you require for hanging the shapes. Inset the string through the hole and knot. 

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter with string through the holes

The festive bird seed shapes on a board smeared with peanut butter with string through the holes

Hang outside in a safe place and away from predators. Don't worry if you forget the holes or the shapes break up, simple place them on the tree.

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

The bird feeders hanging from a tree

That's it! You are done! You've made a festive dinner for the birds.

Happy crafting!

Mummy Snowy Owl
xx
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