Treats for the BirdsTreats for the Birds

 

My husband loves to feed the birds. We both enjoy sitting at our kitchen table watching the numerous wild birds come to our feeders. There are two large forsythia bushes near the feeders where the birds can take refuge. Since Valentine’s Day is almost here I decided to make some treats for the birds.Treats for the birds

 

I wanted to make some birdseed ornaments to hang in the trees to give the birds an extra treat. I didn’t need any special equipment; everything needed to make these I had on hand.

 

This is what I used:

 

4 feet of ¼ inch wide ribbon, cut into 12-inch long sections

2 envelops of Knox gelatin

1 ½ cups birdseed (Mixed seed works best)

Baking sheet lined with wax paper

Four cookie cutters of any shape, about 4 inches by 4 inches

Cooking spray

 

Directions:

 

This makes about 4- 8 cookie cutter ornaments depending on the size of the cookie cutter.

Combine the gelatin with ½ cup of boiling water. Stir well to dissolve the gelatin.Treats for the birds

Add the birdseed.Treats for the birds

Stir well; if the mixture is too watery add a little more seed until it is stiff but sticky.

Place the cookie cutters on your prepared baking sheet. I chose heart shapes for Valentine’s Day. Lightly coat each cookie cutter with cooking spray.Treats for the birds

 

Fill each cookie cutter halfway with birdseed.Treats for the birds

 

Before the birdseed hardens push a straw through the mix to create a little hole for your ribbon. Firmly press the mix with your hands or the back of a spoon.

After a few hours, coax each ornament onto fresh waxed paper. Let dry, turning them over every so often, for about 72 hours or until hard. Hang the ornaments outside for the birds to enjoy!Treats for the birds

 

We often treat each other for Valentine’s Day, but it’s nice to make some treats for the birds to enjoy as well!

4 comments on “Treats for the Birds for Valentine’s Day

Heidi on February 8, 2017 5:51 pm

What a great idea! I think I’ll have my fourth grade students make these for Valentine’s Day.

Nancy Wolff on February 9, 2017 1:39 am

Heidi,
It would be a fun classroom project just allow enough time for the treats to dry!

ColleenB.~Texas on February 15, 2017 11:58 am

We feed our birds as well, and it’s such a joy just sitting back watching them enjoying their meal
Using Bacon grease (which I save and put in freezer) also works well in place of the gelatin; especially during the cold winter months when the birds need that extra ‘fat’ content.

Nancy Wolff on February 15, 2017 12:02 pm

Colleen,
I love the idea of using bacon grease, an extra treat for the birds! 🙂

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