DIY Bird Feeders

Looking for a fun weekend craft with the kids? These DIY Bird Feeders are the best! You can take time to bond as a family AND make something delicious and healthy for the birds! 

DIY Bird Feeders

DIY Bird Feeders

We love animals. And since we’ve moved to our little slice of heaven (aka our homestead), we’re surrounded constantly by birds and other animals that we love to watch in their natural environment.

The variety of birds visiting our homestead is what sparked this fun cookie craft activity. I also read an article recently explaining some bird seeds sold in stores weren’t good for wild birds. I decided to create our own bird feeders for two reasons:

  1. Not to harm the birds.
  2. Every time I get my camera out to snap a photo of a Cardinal, Robin, or any bird for that matter, they fly off. Now I can keep them entertained long enough to snap my pictures! Genius!

The outcome? Happy kids and happy birds. And that makes me one happy momma with lots of excellent photos! 

What not to feed wild birds

It’s important to understand that it’s not safe to feed birds certain feeds. This is the same concept as with dogs and other animals. 

Foods that are salty, processed, and even made with other animal parts are not safe for birds to eat. This is why this simple bird feeder recipe stands out. It’s safe for birds and easy to make. 

Should you feed birds year-round? 

You bet! If feeding birds is something that you love to do, do it all year long. Depending on where you live, you might have hungry birds in your yard every day.

DIY bird feeder

Will birds starve if you stop feeding them?

While it might feel that way, don’t worry. The birds aren’t going to go hungry. Once you decide to stop spoiling them, they’re going to find their food source somewhere else. 

But they will stay with you for as long as you feed them! 

Family Fun Bird Seed Activity

We’ve been making bird feeders for a long time. But since our move, it’s been super special. I love hanging up the new bird feeders in our new yard to attract all the birds. 

We’ve been able to sit down and enjoy the birds chowing down on this delicious treat! 

Are you ready to learn how to make this DIY bird feeder? Find out how simple and easy it is below! 

DIY bird feeder

Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

All you need are a few simple ingredients to get started. 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 packets of gelatin
  • 2 Tablespoons of corn syrup
  • 2 ½ cups of birdseed (“Country Mix” shown here)

Supplies:

How To Make DIY Bird Feeders

This is going to be so much fun. Start first by mixing the gelatin with half a cup of cold water until dissolved.

Then add a half cup of boiling water to the bowl, stir slowly until dissolved.

After that add 2 tablespoons of corn syrup. Then stir until dissolved. 

For the next step, you will mix in the birdseed.

Continue mixing until the gelatin/corn syrup mixture evenly coats each seed.

Now let this rest for a couple of minutes if the mixture seems watery.

Take a spoon and spoon the seed mixture into the cookie cutters (be warned that this can get a little messy!).

You will fill the cookie cutters about halfway and use a small piece of parchment paper to press the seeds firmly into the mold.

Now fill the cookie cutter to the top & press again. Then, squeeze in the straw, leaving plenty of room between the straw and the edge.

You will want to press around the straw to ensure the seeds will hold shape around the hole. Place the cookie cutters in the fridge to set overnight.

After they are 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.

Now your 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.

Quick tip – spray the tablespoon with a little non-stick spray and the corn syrup will slide right off!

DIY Bird Feeders

DIY Bird Feeders

Looking for a fun weekend craft with the kids? These DIY Bird Feeders are the best! You can take time to bond as a family AND make something delicious and healthy for the birds! 

Materials

  • 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
  • Straws cut in 2” pieces
  • Parchment paper
  • Twine or other kind of string

Instructions

    First, mix the gelatin with the half cup cold water until dissolved.

    Add a half cup of boiling water to thebowl, 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!Finally, 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, spoonthe seed mixture into the cookie cutters.

    Fill the cookie cutters about half way and use a small piece ofparchment paper to press the seeds firmly into the mold.

    Fill the cookie cutter to the top & press again.

    Then, 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 carewith detailed cookie cutters.

    Pop the straws out & thread the twine. The bird feeder is ready to hangoutside.

    Make sure you hang it near other branches so the birds have a place to rest while eating.

Where to hang these bird feeders?

You just need to make certain that you hang them in a place that the birds can see. It’s really as easy as that. 

How long will these bird feeders last?

As long as you have them outside, they should be fine to remain until they’re gone. The birds will eat them and gobble them right up. 

Are these bird feeders good for all types of birds?

They should be! Some birds might like them a bit more than others, but they should be great for any and all birds to enjoy. You might find that they get picked through a bit and that’s just the nature of the beast. 

Fun Ways To Share Bird Feeders

We literally make these for a lot of our trees because, well, why not? But these DIY bird feeders also make for a really great gift idea, too. 

If you’re looking for a fun homemade gift idea for family and friends, you can’t go wrong with this. Most people have trees or places in their yard that they can attach them to and everyone loves to sit and watch the birds! 

Make certain to make these up and treat the birds to a special treat. They’re certain to love the taste and even though they might not be able to stay “thank you”, they’ll be chirping extra loud for you to hear! I can’t wait to hear from you about how much fun this is! 

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