Monday, February 10, 2020

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

Birdseed heart for Valentine's Day
I've been feeling extra crafty lately - making essential oil diffuser bracelets and diffusers
for your car. Sitting in my office/craft room and creating is so relaxing and satisfying.
I don't take the time to do it often enough!

During the holidays I purchased a birdseed bundt wreath from one of our local Farmer's
Markets and even though the squirrels devoured it in one afternoon we loved watching
them from our kitchen window. I decided to get crafty and make a smaller heart shape
versions to give to some of our friends and neighbors for Valentine's day.

The heart-shaped bird feeders turned out super cute!  They were pretty easy to make
and  just a little messy, but I know the birds and squirrel's will enjoy them, so they were
totally worth it!

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder Craft
Valentine's Day bird seed craft

Heart-Shaped Bird Feeders {DIY}

4 cups birdseed
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
1/2 cup water
3 T corn syrup

In a large mixing bowl whisk bird seed and flour.
In a small bowl combine water, gelatin and corn syrup - mixing until gelatin has disolved.
Pour liquid over bird seed and flour and mix using a spoon sprayed with cooking spray.
Mix until totally combined.

Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spray the inside of a heart-shaped cookie
cutter with cooking spray and place it on the parchment paper. Spoon birdseed into the cookie
cutter, pressing it down with the back of a spoon sprayed with cooking spray.

Once the cookie cutter is full, poke a hole using a sturdy straw or chop stick. Gently remove
the cookie cutter, pressing down on the bird seed heart. Repeat process with remaining bird
seed mixture.  Allow hearts to dry for 24 hours. Add pretty ribbon and place in a clear celephane
bag for gifting.

Yield - 10 (may vary depending upon the size of your cookie cutter - mine was about 4 inches)


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