As a creative business owner, bringing all of that creativity home inadvertently happens. My little ones, Finn and Isla (three years old and 18 months old), love to help makes these "beautiful messes" with me, whether its in my studio or the kitchen. They're my little helpers.
With spring time on the horizon, we wanted to make something that welcomed the upcoming season. These little homemade bird feeders are simple and fun for kids of all ages, even a near thirty grown child like myself.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 2 cups of birdseed
- 2/3 cups of water
- 2 packs of Knox Gelatin
- cooking spray
- wax paper
- cookie cutters
- twine or string
LET'S GET STARTED
FIRST: In a small pot, add the water and gelatin. Stir the gelatin as you pour and mix well. Turn the pot on a medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Otherwise, the gelatin will clump up. Bring to a simmer, still stirring; this should take just a few minutes.
SECOND: Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the birdseed until evenly mixed. Let your mixture sit for 3-5 minutes so the gelatin can thicken.
THIRD: Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spray your cookie cutters. Place the cookie cutter on the wax paper and hold down while filling it with the mixture. Press the mixture down to compact it. Insert your straw for the hole you will thread your string through later. Carefully lift the cookie cutter.
This mixture made five birdfeeders. Our cookie cutters were about 2-2.5" wide. Larger cookie cutters will yield less quantity.
FOUR: Place your baking sheet in the refrigerator for an hour or until firm. Remove the straws and thread your twine or string through the hole. Package to your liking and fasten with a cute little to-from tag if you are gifting these feeders. These tags are found in the Etsy shop here.
...AND THAT'S A WRAP.
TIPS & TRICKS
If you can do this outside, I'd recommend it. We made a mess inside, but hey. It's all cleanable.
When filling the cookie cutter, we used a baby spoon. I was able to really press down to compact the cutter. This allowed the shape to stay intact pretty well.
When releasing the cookie cutter from the shape's form, use the same baby spoon (or the smallest spoon you have) to kind of push down and guide the shape down. ...and reapply the cookie spray on the cookie cutters with each birdfeeder.
LET THEM MAKE A MESS. Like I said, outside is best, but either way, let stick their hands in the birdseed. Let them play. I highly doubt you'll be making birdfeeders with your seventeen year old, so enjoy those toddler craft moments. It won't be like this for long. ...and the mess won't be there forever.