Brooke Wheeler, a stay-at-home mom to two young children in Gretna, wrote this guest blog for momaha.
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It’s springtime! After this weeks weather it sure didn’t feel like it, but it is indeed spring.
Last week — for the first time this year — I woke to the sound of birds chirping. Typically, I’ve had enough of the chirpy morning routine by summertime, but hearing it for the first time after a cold winter is a welcoming sound.
To entice our feathered friends to spend some time around our home last year, my family made pine cone bird feeders. My boys loved watching them eat the feed, and were surprised to see how quickly it disappeared after a few short days.
Since making bird feeders was a family favorite, I decided to do it again. This time with a twist:cookie cutter bird feeders.
Here’s how you do it:
Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders:
– 3/4 cup birdseed
– 1/4 cup water
– 1 small envelope Knox gelatine
– Cookie cutters
– Parchment or wax paper
1. Mix together the envelope of gelatine with 1/4 cup of water and bring to a simmer while stirring.
2. Continue stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool for a minute.
3. Stir in the 3/4 cup birdseed.
4. Lay your cookie cutters out on parchment paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.
5. Cut your string, knot the end and push the knot down into the birdseed.
6. Continue filling with birdseed, covering the end of your string and knot.
7. Push the birdseed evenly into the cookie cutter until it’s full.
8. Allow them to dry overnight, turning them over every now and then.
9. Remove from the cookie cutters and hang them in your trees and wait for the birds to find them!
It’s a fun and easy craft to celebrate spring, and one that the kids are sure to enjoy!
You can find more, kids craft ideas on Brooke’s blog,thewheelerweekly.com.
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