Susie loves wildlife, and we have lots of it at our home. We often see raccoons, opossums, and foxes in the evening. The girls during the day like to look out our front bay windows and watch the birds, squirrels, rabbits, and groundhogs during the day.
Recently it has been really cold, and Susie has been worried all of her woodland friends, so we decided it would be fun to make bird feeders for all of our fine feathered friends.
- 1 cup of birdseed
- Cookie cutters, (Heart shaped)
- Bowl and Spatula for mixing
- 2 spoonfuls of Coconut oil
Scoop the coconut oil into the bowl and melt it in the microwave.
Pour in the birdseed and stir well.
Scoop the birdseed into the cookie cutters. Place a straw, pencil,or pen in the bird seed to make a hole for the ribbon.
Place the pan in the refrigerator to set. Ours took about 30 minutes to set. Once they set, string them with ribbon.
We had lots of fun making our bird feeder. We made one heart-shaped and one Mickey mouse. I’m sure we will be making more next week once the birds devour these.
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OMG I love these, my youngest two are HUGE mickey fans, they would love making these, I need to go invest in some cookie cutters.
Will these melt in warmer weather, do you think? I’d like to do this as a summer camp craft.
We use coconut oil in our house and it doesn’t melt at 72* but any higher than that it starts to get soft.
Does the coconut oil melt outside ? it kind of melts when you touch it? Will it melt whent he birds touch it?
Birds are cold blooded creatures, so they won’t heat the oil and melt it
Actually, birds are warm-blooded. But I doubt they’ll be pressing their warm bodies up against the feeder, so the coconut oil should still be fine.
Birds are warm blooded. However, they won’t melt the bird feeder.
Thank you for the suggestion of coconut oil. I am planning a feed the birds activity for feed the birds day on February 3. Many use peanut butter if recycling paper tubes and I want to avoid peanuts at a public event. I will wash up my cookie cutters and change my plan. Kids live to get messy. 😉
I hope you can help me. I’m a freelance journalist writing a piece on craft activities for kids for MailOnline and was hoping to include your bird feeder suggestion and the last pic on this post.
Please let me know if you would kindly give permission and how we should credit it.
I’m going to email you.
Can you tell me, please, about how much your “spoonfuls” are? Thanks very much!!
I would love to do this for my spring break camp project, did this only yield 2 feeders? So would you say it’s 1 TBLS and 1/2 cup birdseed per feeder? Thanks!