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Gelatin Bird Feeders

on May 4, 2012

First off I’d like to thank “Cousin Bill” for reminding me about these cool bird feeders that are fun to make and take very little time or materials.  My kids love feeding the birds and do so every time we go to my parent’s house.  These feeders can be hung on a tree outside of your window and will keep your children’s attention for days.  All you need are

1 small package of Knoxx Gelatin

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup bird seed

twine

cookie cutters

parchment paper

spoon

Place the gelatin and water in a saucepan and simmer until it’s completely dissolved.  Remove it from the stove and let it cool slightly.  Have your kids measure out and pour in the bird seed and stir it until it’s coated really well.  Place the cookie cutters on top of a piece of parchment paper and let the kids spoon the gelatin mixture to the half way point of each cutter.  Place the twine on top of the mixture with a good portion of it hanging out to hang on a tree and then spoon more mixture in until it reaches the top.  Let it set for several hours before pushing it out of the cookie cutter and leaving it on the parchment to completely dry.  It may take a day or so.  Be sure to flip the feeder over a few times a day to ensure it dries on both sides without getting moldy.  Hang it on a tree and watch the birds that come to eat!

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