When I was out on a walk with my dogs last weekend we came across a field full of American robins. I’m not a birder (yet) so I wasn’t completely sure it was a robin. I snapped a pic for Instagram (see it here) and had some of my more environmental friends weigh in and confirm. American robins are pretty common (identified by their gray bodies, black heads, and dark orange chests) and they are definitely making an appearance around here. I’m hoping I can take this as a sign we’re going to get an early spring. Not that I’m complaining about winter, of course, but I’m happy to welcome an early spring and start getting our garden in shape.
I told Brandon a few days ago that in addition to growing vegetables I want to add a few hanging planters of flowers and bird feeders to attract more wildlife. My home office has a huge window and I’d love to enhance my view of the mountains with flowers and fluttering birds.
When I was in school, we used to make all sorts of different DIY bird feeders and birdhouses for our school garden in my art class. I haven’t made them in years but I’ve been seeing different tutorials for them all over Pinterest and decided to make them again. They are super easy and you can make them in any shape you’d like since you form the shape using cookie cutters. I used hearts since it’s almost Valentine’s Day and they look nice in the garden. They are a cute craft to make with kids if you have them and package nicely to give as gifts to birders or gardeners in your circle.
To make them you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 envelope)
- 3 tbsp corn syrup
- 4 cups bird seed (and kind)
Coat a wooden spoon with oil or spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking then, mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Then, coat your cookie cutter (the inside) with cooking spray and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can use as many different cookie cutters as you’d like so be creative and have fun with different shapes and sizes. Firmly pack the cookie cutter with bird seed and be sure to leave a hole in the top center so you can thread the ribbon or twine for hanging. You can use a straw, stick, pen, or any other round object to form the hole. Set them aside to harden. You’ll want to let them harden for at least 6 – 8 hours before hanging.
That’s it! Now, hang the bird feeders up where you want to attract birds and sit back to enjoy. If you find yourself attracting a lot of different types of birds I recommend picking up a copy of this Audubon Bird Journal so you can track the species you see and make notes.
What do you think? Cute, right? Make sure you pin them to your DIY boards! I can’t wait to hear how yours turn out.
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