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Need a fun little activity for you and your little ones this spring? This cookie cutter bird feeder is a great way to play, learn, and have fun. I think the best part of these cookie cutters is that you can make them in to any shape you’d like. Unicorn lover? Dinosaur fan? Mickey Mouse? As long as you have the cookie cutter, you can make whatever shape you’d like!
- ½ cup cold water
- ½ cup boiling water
- 2 packets of gelatin
- 2 Tablespoons of corn syrup
- 2 ½ cups of bird seed, “Country Mix” shown here
- Cookie Cutters (this is a good set that has a variety of Mickey Mouse, dinosaurs, hearts etc)
- Straws cut in 2” pieces
- Parchment paper
- Twine or other kind of string
First, mix the gelatin with the half cup cold water until dissolved. Add a half cup of boiling water to the bowl, stir slowly until dissolved. Next, add 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and again, stir until dissolved.
QUICK TIP: Spray the tablespoon with a little non-stick spray and the corn syrup will slide right off!
Mix in the bird seed. Keep mixing until the gelatin/ corn syrup mixture evenly coats each seed. Let this rest for a couple minutes if the mixture seems watery. This can get a little messy now, spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters. Fill the cookie cutters about half way and use a small piece of parchment paper to press the seeds firmly into the mold. Repeat that process by filling the cookie cutter to the top & pressing again.
Squeeze in the straw, leaving plenty room between the straw and the edge. Press around the straw to ensure the seeds will hold shape around the hole. Place the cookie cutters in the frig to set overnight. Once set, remove the cookie cutters by gently pushing at the edges until it falls out, taking extra care with detailed cookie cutters. Pop the straws out & thread the twine. The bird feeder is ready to hang outside. Make sure you hang it near other branches so the birds have a place to rest while eating