Easy Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders for Kids3 min read
Nature research, particularly bird study, is much easier when it takes place in your own backyard! It’s both enjoyable and informative to be able to glance out your window and observe the beauty and behaviors of our feathery companions.
The greatest part? You just need a few inexpensive supplies to make cookie cutter bird feeders! Wahoo! Not only are they entertaining, but they are also inexpensive and will attract a large number of birds to your yard.
Ingredients for Easy Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder
Although cookie cutter bird feeders are simple to create, they do require some time to set up. If you follow these instructions, your children will have hands-on experience producing these entertaining bird snacks. All you need to do is gather all the above-mentioned ingredients!
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 envelope unflavoured gelatine
- 3 tbsp. corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
- Assorted cookie cutters/molds
- Non-stick Spray or Cooking Oil
- Drinking Straws, cut to size
- Waxed Paper
- Twine/ Ribbon
Easy Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders for Kids
Begin by dissolving gelatin in warm water in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then reduce it to low heat. Remove the gelatin from the fire and set it aside to cool for a few minutes.
Pour the birdseed into a 2-quart mixing dish, followed by the gelatin mixture slowly. Stir until the liquid has completely covered the birdseed.
Arrange the cookie cutters on a wax paper sheet. The birdseed mixture should be poured into the cookie cutters. Fill them halfway and pack them tightly. It’s crucial to only fill them halfway to ensure that the ribbon is in the center of the cookie. A ribbon that isn’t centered on the finished cookie may cause it to break easily.
To make a loop, tie a knot at the end of the ribbon. Cover the knotted end of the ribbon with birdseed to keep it in place in the cookie cutter, then fill the rest of the cookie cutter with the birdseed mixture. Make sure you pack it down as tightly as possible, paying special attention to the corners of any odd shapes where the birdseed is more difficult to get to for the kids.
The gelatin will start to firm up after an hour. Turn each cutter over and firmly press it down from the top. This will help to level the opposite side and make the birdseed biscuit more compact or stronger.
Allow the cookies to dry completely overnight in the cutters. They’ll easily slide out of the cookie cutters the next day, and they’ll be ready to hang from the trees.
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder Tips That You Must Follow
Tip no. 1
Make sure your straw holes aren’t too close to any cookie cutter edges, or the twine will breakthrough and your cookie will fall out of the tree.
Tip no. 2
Make sure the straw holes in the cookie cutter go all the way through. It’s difficult to put a piece of string through them once they’ve been frozen and set if the hole isn’t all the way through.
Tip no. 3
We discovered that metal cookie cutters worked best since they slide right out once they are frozen and start to thaw up a little bit.
Tip no. 4
Wax Paper appears to work better than parchment paper, although either will suffice.
Tip no. 5
Mini cookie cutters don’t work well; they seem to come apart easily since it’s difficult to pack them securely enough.
Tip no. 6
If at all feasible, use larger cookie cutters and pack the birdseed securely into them. They can easily fall apart if you don’t do this.
Tip no. 7
The thicker your cookie cutter is, the better it will keep its shape.