Simple and Cheap Bird Feeders

Phew! Where did the summer go?  I woke up this morning and had a serious freak out when I realized I could count the days before gearing back up for work.  I also had to come to grips with the fact that I made my summer “to accomplish” list far too ambitious. I had visions of monetizing this blog, getting my school blog in working order, starting an Etsy shop, getting my TPT stuff looking immaculate, continuing with the renovations on our home, fixing up our guest house as a studio space, and having a delectably productive garden to boot.  Do you ever make to-do lists that are too ambitious?

Well, part of the summer to-do list was a digital cleaning house on Pinterest.  I mentioned that last time, when we made sugar scrub together.  Today’s work on the Pinteresting spring cleaning is to bring you the bird feeders Mr. Grassroofs and I used as favors for our wedding guests.  Holy cow! I’ve been married to that guy for almost 7 months now?! I think I’ll start compiling a list of celebrities who I’ve beaten at length-of-marriage.

Easy, Cheap, Bird Feeders

Anyhow, I loved these bird feeders as soon as I came across them because of their little/no impact quality.  After the birds eat all the seed, the only thing left is the tiny piece of string used to hang it from the tree. If you ensure that your yarn is 100% cotton or wool, then it’ll biodegrade or be used by a little chirper in the family nest.

You’ll start by combining all your ingredients except the bird seed: 3/4 cup flour, an envelope of gelatin, 1/2 cup water, and 3 Tablespoons of corn syrup.  Mix these ingredients together in a large bowl until you have a pasty consistency and all the ingredients are incorporated.
Easy, Cheap, Bird Feeders

Next, you’ll add 4 cups of bird seed to the paste.  Adding one cup at a time will yield better results.

Easy, Cheap, Bird Feeders

Once you’ve incorporated all four cups of bird seed, press the mixture into cookie cutters.

Use a skewer or a straw to create a hole in each feeder for a ribbon/string later.  Let the bird feeders sit for several hours before carefully pressing them out of the cookie cutter.  Add a string through the hole and tie that little guy up in a tree.  Then sit close by and wait for it to become a tasty bird snack!

Easy, Cheap, Bird FeedersAfter you’ve made your bird feeders, tell me how you cope with making overly ambitious to-do lists.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope gelatin
  • 3 T corn syrup
  • 4 cups of bird seed

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the bird seed to create a pasty substance
  2. Add the bird seed, one cup at a time until it is all incorporated
  3. Press the new mixture into cookie cutters and molds
  4. Use a straw or screw to create a hole in each shape
  5. Let dry for several hours, then carefully press out of the cookie cutters
  6. Thread a string through the hole and tie the other end to create a hanger
  7. Hang your work in a tree and enjoy watching the birds delight over it

 

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