Valentine Bird Feeders

9 Jan


We made these last year for neighbor gifts.  There are several reasons I love these as gifts or as a craft activity, but one of the major reasons is because they are peanut free.  We don’t have a peanut allergy in our family, but I know several families that do and this is a bird feeder project that doesn’t use PB!    I think they’d be great for a classroom party too!

This project is quick, easy and environmentally groovy…  It’s also pretty inexpensive, which is always a plus!  It is a heart shaped bird feeder!  The boys had a lot of fun making these and they took us a total of 20 minutes to toss together…  and they are PEANUT FREE!

Here’s the scoop:

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

You will also need:

  • large mixing bowl
  • heart shaped cookie cutter
  • nonstick spray
  • straw for making a hole in the ornament
  • parchment or wax paper or tin foil
  • cookie sheet
  • ribbon

Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir until combine!

Spray the inside of a heart cookie cutter with cooking spray. You could use any shape you want really, but for Valentine’s Day a heart is perfect!

Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly.  The birdseed stuck to my fingers a bit, but if you grease them that wouldn’t happen.   The more you press it down, the less shedding of seeds you will have.  We filled our cookie cutters to the brim!  Once they are full, take your straw and poke a hole in the top for the ribbon.  Make sure the straw goes all the way through to the pan.  Carefully lift the cookie cutter up.  It slides right off… Place it next to your heart and make another one!

This recipe made 13 hearts for us, perfect for gifts!  You will want to let them dry 6-8 hours.  We made ours in the afternoon and before bed I flipped them on their side to make sure the back side dried, as well.   We then just let them sit until the morning.  They were very solid by that time and it was simple to thread the ribbon through them at that time.

I think these would be adorable with little “Happy Valentine’s Day” tags… Maybe something like “glad you’re my love bird” or something cheesy like that :).  Have fun with it!  We are planning to pass them out to our neighbors too, you can make tons in a short period of time, so spread the LOVE!

4 Responses to “Valentine Bird Feeders”

  1. Sarah August 13, 2013 at 7:29 AM #

    Could I leave out the corn syrup?

    • mommyapolis August 13, 2013 at 7:56 AM #

      I don’t think so because it’s what binds it together… Honey might work, let me know if you try it!

  2. Deonna May 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM #

    Where did you find peanut free bird seed? Every bag I find contains crushed peanuts.

    • mommyapolis May 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM #

      I got mine at lowes!

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