Don’t forget about our winged friends during the holidays. Kids and adults alike will enjoy using their favourite cookie cutters and getting their hands a little dirty to make these adorable little bird treats.
- Bird seed.
- Cookie cutters: Each bird feeder requires its own cookie cutter so the amount you need will depend on how many feeders you’d like to make. Muffin tins also work!
- 1 envelope of Knox gelatine.
- Medium-sized bowl.
- Wax or parchment paper.
- Cookie sheet.
- String or twine.
STEP 1: Get in the mix
Following the steps on the Knox gelatine envelope, mix ¼ cup water with one envelope of gelatine powder in your bowl, and stir. Add ¼ cup of boiling water to the mix and continue stirring until the gelatine powder dissolves completely. Add two cups of birdseed to the gelatine mix. Stir until all of the bird seed is completely coated. If after thorough stirring there is a still a pool of gelatine at the bottom of the bowl, add a bit more birdseed.
STEP 2: Fill ’em up
Lay a sheet of wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place your cookie cutters on top. Start filling the cookie cutters with your birdseed mixture until you fill half of the cookie cutter. Cut a piece of twine and lay the two loose ends onto the seed mix so that a loop forms at the top and hangs off of the side. Continue to fill the cookie cutter with your seed mixture until the cookie cutter is completely full. Use your fingers or a utensil to pack down the seed. Place your feeders (still on the cookie tray) in a spot where they can sit overnight to dry; turn them over a couple of times to help them dry thoroughly.
STEP 3: Here birdy!
When your bird treats are dry, push them (carefully!) out of the cookie cutters. Hang them outside and wait for your feathered friends to arrive.
These treats would also make great gifts for teachers or holiday party hosts!