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Easy Homemade Birdfeeder Craft

Here’s a fun activity to do with the kids this summer! Make gelatin bird feeders to hang outside. The kids can take notes on the different birds in your area who come to feed on them!

These can be made out of birdseed and peanut butter, karo syrup, or unflavored gelatin. We chose gelatin to minimize the attraction to insects in our area.


½ c. boiling water

2 packets unflavored gelatin

1 ½ c. birdseed

Cookie cutters

Straws cut into 2” segments

Parchment paper

Baking sheet


birdfeeder supplies


Add gelatin to bowl birdfeeder craft

Add the two gelatin packets to ½ c. boiling water, and whisk until dissolved.

stir in birdseed for birdfeeder

Stir in the birdseed.

pour birdseed into molds for birdfeeder

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place cookie cutters on top. Spoon birdseed mixture into cookie cutters. Add a straw and press down. This will create an opening when the birdseed has dried for the string. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Carefully pop each bird seed shape out of the cookie cutters and let dry on the counter for a few more hours (or overnight).

Attach string through hole birdfeeder

Attach a string through the hole, and attach to a tree.  Watch and wait for a few hours, you’ll see birds come to nibble!

hanging birdfeeder in a tree

We have robins, finches, blackbirds, hummingbirds, and blue jays in our area.  What birds are local in your area?

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  1. On 06/01/2017 Toni Baker said:

    I’ll be visiting the grandchildren next week and I love this project, last year we tried the peanut butter on a pine cone, it was really messy and didn’t attract the neighborhood birds…..thanks.

    Grandma Toni

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