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posted: 02/06/12

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These Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders are a simple craft and make for a cute little gift!These Valentine's Day Bird Feeders are a simple craft and make for a cute little gift!
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EDITED TO ADD: I know have these cute tags to go with these! Click HERE to grab ’em:

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I kind of love these. They are so simple, but so sweet. I first saw them as a wedding favor idea. What a great idea, right?? I would love to get something like this at a wedding. (As a side note, a good friend of mine from college is getting married this summer, and I am now obsessing over wedding details.)

Anyway. Here’s the recipe:

  • 3/4 a cup of flour
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)*
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed

Spray a spoon with cooking spray and then mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, a la this

Yummy.

Next, spray the inside of your cookie cutter with cooking spray, and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. Fill it with the birdseed mixture. Be sure to really pack it down. In retrospect, I wish I would have sprayed another spoon with cooking spray and used the back of it to help pack it down. It would have made for two smooth sides, instead of one.

These Valentine's Day Bird Feeders are a simple craft and make for a cute little gift!

Once you have your cookie cutter full, use something (we used a chop stick) to make a hole. Then, holding down the birdseed, pull off the cookie cutter. I had to respray the cookie cutter after every four and with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, I made 12 feeders. I thought this would be something really fun to do with Gavin, but  . . . I was wrong. It was a messy activity, and they are really fragile when you take off the cookie cutter. But this would probably be perfect to do with an eight or ten year old. That being said, Gavin did the chop stick part and really enjoyed it.

Let them firm up over night, and then they are ready to hang or give away.

This was my favorite part. When I told Gavin I was going to hang one up outside, he told me that he wanted to come with and that we should hang it on Elliot’s tree.

“This is for Elliot, Mom.” Oh little moose, you melt my heart. We love you, E. And we never stop thinking about you.

These Valentine's Day Bird Feeders are a simple craft and make for a cute little gift!

* In my grocery store, I found this in with all the Jell-o mixes. Though I spent a good chunk of time looking for it with the canning stuff.

These Valentine's Day Bird Feeders are a simple craft and make for a cute little gift!

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Dina Mansky says

    Hello! it´s really hard to find corn cyrup in Germany. What can I use insted???

    • Lisa Longley says

      I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it myself, but you could try using honey!

      • mary says

        honey is not good for birds. at least not for hummingbirds

        • Lisa Longley says

          Good to know, Mary

    • Rachel says

      You can make a syrup approximation by boiling sugar and water. You probably want 3 or 3 parts sugar to 1st part water, then boil it until it is a thick syrup. You have to watch it carefully to be sure it doesn’t crystallize. You also might try maple syrup but that is a pretty strong taste. Have you looked to see if you can order corn syrup on Amazon?

    • Brenda says

      Corn syrup is just sugar and water cooked down. I’ve made it many times. Just cook it down slowly. Otherwise, it crystalizes on the sides. 2 parts water to 1 part sugar. Bring to a boil, then turn it down to keep it simmering till syrupy. Keep in mind, that when it’s hot, it will not be as thick as the stuff in the bottle.

      • Jay says

        Um, corn syrup comes from – corn.

  2. Karen says

    We love this Bird feeder! We are going to feature it on our website and link back to you.
    Thanks for posting this! Rubyforwomen.com

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you like it, thanks Karen!

  3. Mandy says

    Thanks so much for this recipe!!! I’m makin them for my 8yr olds Valentines Day party at school! Trying to think of what to write on the bag. “Valentines day is for the birds”?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Super cute Mandy! I love that!

  4. rachelle says

    I love these! So cute and easy. No one will believe I made them myself. Great gift idea. Thanks!

  5. Lauren says

    I love this idea! I’m going to include your link & picture (via URL) on a blog about “No Candy Valentine Ideas” on my healthy living blog – let me know if you’d prefer I didn’t!

  6. Shannon says

    Love these.
    Going to make them as part of party favor for a bird themed birthday for my little girl. Any idea how far in advanced I could make them? Was hoping to get them done ahead of time if possible. 2 weeks?

    Thanks so much

    • Lisa Longley says

      You for sure can make them ahead of time! I think that two weeks ahead would be totally fine. And what a FUN birthday theme!

  7. Jeannie says

    I read that somewhere these will mold in a couple of weeks if not used right away. Have you found this to be true?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I didn’t have that experience, Jeannie, but I didn’t keep them around terribly long either. You could always try to leave them out instead of putting them in a container. That way they stay dry and don’t trap moisture.

  8. Jennifer says

    Is there anything I can use instead of gelatin? I have to have gluten free ingrediants in my house. I have gluten free flour and corn syrup.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Jennifer, I don’t have enough experience with gluten free ingredients. I’m sorry!

    • JB says

      I don’t believe gelatin has gluten.

    • Kristy says

      Gelatin is derived from animals, not wheat ???? gluten free unless you buy one with additives

  9. shannon says

    I am going to make these for a bridal shower favor. Do you know how long they will last? I wanted to make some on advance

    • Lisa Longley says

      You could make them several weeks in advance. I would leave them out and let them air dry completely. You don’t have to store them away if you don’t want to, but if you do, make sure they are completely dry.

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