Gingerly Made: Birdseed Feeder Craft

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Birdseed Feeder Craft

I've been browsing Pinterest again. This time I found an easy birdseed feeder that Caitlin and I could make together.

The recipe I used calls for:
  • 3/4 cup birdseed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 small envelope of knox gelatin (I used sure-gel. Pectin, gelatin; it's all the same thing)
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutters, molds, or mason jar lids
  • wax paper

Cook the gelatin or pectin on the stove with the 1/4 cup of water until dissolved.
Let cool a little and then mix in birdseed. (If you are prepping for younger kids, it's best to mix birdseed and gelatin/pectin in a separate bowl. You don't want them touching the hot pot by accident.)

Set your cookie molds on the wax paper.
Spoon birdseed mix into molds filling them half full.
Tie your string into a loop
Set loop into cookie molds
Cover loop with more birdseed.

Let feeders dry overnight.
Flip over a couple of times as it dries.
Hang for birds to enjoy.

I would recommend doubling this recipe. 3/4 cups of birdseed doesn't make a lot of feeders especially if your cookie cutters are deep like my gingerbread man. This was a fun and easy project for Caitlin.


  1. great idea. thanks.
    new follower to have you visit me too :)

  2. A perfect kid-friendly craft and oh so nice for the birds too. Thanks for sharing at our LInk It Up Thursday party.

  3. These are so amazing! I've never heard of using gelatin for bird feeders! (I have a really old package in my pantry...I am totally going to make these feeders with my kiddos!!!) Thanks so much for the great idea!

  4. These are great! Do you leave the cookie cutters on when you hang them, or do you pop them out first? The angle of the last photo is hiding that detail from me. :)

  5. I did take them out of the cookie cutters. I hadn't even noticed that you couldn't see that on the photo. Thanks for pointing it out!


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