DIY Birdseed Cakes…

Can you believe it is already Wednesday. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like time is moving at warp speed and I am struggling to keep up. Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and then the Christmas season will be upon us.  We don’t decorate our homes until the day after Thanksgiving, but we do begin to make gifts and food ahead of time to be better prepared for the season.

Todays recipe is a combination of food and gift – but this food isn’t for you to eat. It’s a food treat for our feathered friends. It’s also a perfect hostess gift, a gift for a bird watcher or nature lover or – well, it’s a gift for just about anybody.

Fall and Winter are times when food in nature is not as plentiful for wild birds. You can help them out by putting out birdseed or in this case you can make birdseed cakes.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.Here’s what you need:

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.

…and this is how you do it:

DIY Birdseed Cakes…

This recipe made three molds.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry bird seed
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 TBS cold water
  • 1 packet of gelatin
  • cookie cutters or mold
  • cooking spray
  • jute
  • drinking straw

Instructions

Boil 1/3 cup water.

In a mixing bowl add gelatin and 2 TBS of cold water - stirring together.

Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.

Add 2 cups of bird seed and stir until seeds are completely coated in gelatin mixture.

Spray your cookie cutters with cooking spray.

Spoon seed mixture into mold, packing tightly. Keep adding seeds and packing down.

Insert a drinking straw to create a hole into the mixture for further hanging.

Place mold and seed mixture into refrigerator for four hours.

Remove from refrigerator and gently press the seed mixture out of mold.

Remove straw.

Cut jute and thread through hold and tie with a tight knot.

You can now add this to a tree or bush outside. If giving this as a gift wrap it in a cellophane bag.

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Add gelatin and 2 TBS of cold water…

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.

…add 2 cups of bird seed.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.I chose this cookie cutter tree pattern that I already had on hand. I feel that it perfectly represents Christmas and nature.

Begin pressing the seed mixture into the mold…

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.…add the straw to create a hole for later hanging.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.I had enough seed to make 3 molds…

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.After 4 hours I removed the molds from the refrigerator. The seed was dry and hardened. They were easy to remove and gently pressed loose from the mold.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.I then cut pieces of jute to thread through the holes to create a hanging loop.

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.I really love this tree shape…perfect for Christmas gift giving :)

DIY Birdseed Cakes...perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, bird lover, nature lover. Winter is the perfect time of year to feed the birds.This project was so easy and fun to do. I think this would also be a great way to get your children involved in gift making this holiday season. We hope you decide to give this project a try…and let us know what you think :)

Comments

  1. says

    OMG once again your creativity astounds me. I always wondered how people made these and it looks so easy. LOVE it and will probably make a batch for us too. Have a great day, Lisa