This Valentine’s Day make this sweet and simple craft with your children. Together, hang the feeders outside a window and watch how you’ve blessed the birds. Bird feeders also make great gifts for teachers, caregivers, and grandparents on a day meant to remind us–we are loved and should love in return.
The first tutorial is for a natural feeder primarily made with bird seed. However, if you want to make an even simpler feeder from things you probably already have, scroll down for the tutorial featuring fruit ring cereal.
Heart Shaped Bird Feeders
- large mixing bowl
- cooking spray
- heart shaped cookie cutter (metal is best)
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- chopstick or small dowel rod
- printable tags
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)*
- 3 tbsp corn syrup
- 4 cups birdseed
- Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Spray spoon with cooking spray to mix.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Spray cookie cutter.
- Place heart cookie cutter on parchment paper. Spoon in mixture and pat down firmly.
- Use chopstick or dowel to poke hole in top of heart.
- Remove cookie cutter.
- Repeat spray as necessary and make more feeders until mix is gone.
- Let sit overnight to firm.
- Loop ribbon through hole and hang from tree or attach tag and give as gift.
Adapted from Wine & Glue.
Colorful Cereal Bird Feeder Hearts
- 2 cups fruit ring cereal (such as Fruit Loops or off-brand)
- 3-5 pipe cleaners
- Shape each pipe cleaner into a heart with the ends meeting at the bottom BUT don’t twist them closed yet.
- String cereal onto pipe cleaners until full but leave at least 1/2 inch at each end.
- Twist ends together to close your heart.
- Tie twine onto heart and display from tree.
Adapted from Natural Beach Living.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Be sure to share your creations on Instagram and tag us @countryhomelc.