Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bird Treats

This little project has been on my to-do list since fall.

Bird seed hearts! The heart shape happens to be the only cookie cutter I have. It's fitting with the time of year though. Isn't it?

You will need:

4 cups bird seed
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons of corn syrup

I mixed my flour, water, and syrup together in a measuring cup.

Then added that to the bowl of bird seed.
Stir well coating all of the bird seed. It will be a gooey mess.

1. Press bird seed mixture into the heart shape on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. I pressed spoonfuls of the mixture into the heart shape with the back of the spoon.
2. Place a straw where you want a hole to hang it.
3. Lift off the cookie cutter carefully.

Spraying the cookie cutter with cooking spray makes it slide right off.

I am impatient so I placed my bird seed cookies into the oven on the lowest setting(170 degrees) for about an hour. Flipping them over about half way through. Worked like a charm. Otherwise you can let them air dry for at least 6 hours.

They turned out super cute and were easy to make.

I'll be linking HERE.

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46 comments:

Lisa said...

What a great craft, my kids would enjoy making something like this! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

I just love this idea! Thank you
for the post!

Jane
Flora Doora

melburger29 said...

My kids are going to love these, so will I! Super cute.

Amy with Good Day! said...

these are adorable! I will totally be making these. Thanks for the tutorial!

LocalFunForKids said...

We were going to do this with Pinecones and peanut butter, but these are SO MUCH cuter! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for joining the Blog hop!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

What a clever idea!! Those are so cute :) Thanks for linking up today!

Jessica said...

How adorable!! I am so trying these in the spring time! Stopping by from Finger Prints on the Fridge Feature Yourself Friday!

Pam said...

My grandson will love this. Thanks for sharing

littlewondersdays said...

Cute, I love the hearts! We made these last month and froze what we didn't set out so we could put a few out each week. Coming from tatertots and jello.

Christy said...

such a great idea...we have birds flitting around our mountain cabin...and have some feeders--but i just love the idea of a darling heart dangling from the tree tops! thank you for the wonderful inspiration. stopping by from show and tell saturday

Nanniepannie said...

Love it...and I'm going to try it.
Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Stewart said...

Hi!! This is way cute!! I am highlighting you on my top 15 V-day crafts thus far!

SIMPLE AS 1-2-3
http://simpleas1-2-3.blogspot.com/

Jenna said...

What a great idea!! I need to try this with my boys!! They would love it!!!

Kristy said...

I love it! Thank you for sharing it.

Liz said...

What a great idea! I think I even have all the ingredients. It's supposed to snow tomorrow, so this sounds like the perfect stay-indoors activity. Thanks!
I'd love for you to come link this up next Friday at my party: www.fastdaze.blogspot.com.

Christine said...

and the birds eat them, huh? I should make some and put them outside my window at work.....thanks for posting

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great tute!
I think my daughter jamie wants to make these for her wedding favors. thanks for linking up!
gail

Heidi said...

This is so cute for Valentine's Day. I think I'll make some for my parents. They love watching the birds from their back window.

Maggie said...

Cuuuuute!! I plan on making these with my pre-K students :)

Jean said...

These are great. Thanks for sharing.

Maggie said...

Great idea! I'll be featuring you in my favorite finds tomorrow :) Stop by!

ButterYum said...

Wonderful - I have a completely different, and much messier recipe. I can't wait to give this one a try. thanks for posting it.

:)
ButterYum

Christine said...

These are too cute! I am doing some Valentines Day crafts soon and will definitely be featuring this!
Great job
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

Reba said...

I LOVE this! Do you think it would work if I made them bigger? I want my neighbors to see it hanging in our trees! Found you at Making the World Cuter - I'm your newest follower.

Krafty Kat said...

AWwww! The birds get a sweet valentine too! This will be fun for me to do with my daughter! Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll share this over at my party!

http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2011/01/gettin-krafty-with-it-3.html

Jennifer said...

Love them! I featured you today on my valentines day roundup :)

http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentines-day-roundup-2.html

Donnie said...

I know the little feathered friends appreciate what you did.

LDH said...

Love your sweet little bird seeds hearts so much that I made some too. Posted about them here:

http://gratefulprayerthankfulheart.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-birds.html

Thanks for the great how-to!
Kindly, Lorraine

Jen B said...

Great tutorial and lovely pictures! Can't wait to try this out--I'm sure our backyard birds will be psyched :)

Jenny @ Adventures of the Smith Family said...

Thanks for such a fun project. My son and I had a blast making these! I linked up to your post here: http://adventuringsmiths.blogspot.com/2011/01/feed-birds.html

Tonya said...

This is such a cute idea! I love it!! Can't wait to try it with my son!

Christine said...

I love this idea!
Sharing it on my blog today:)
Christine
greatoakcircle.com

singapore florist said...

it's so cute

Robyn said...

Visiting via WhisperWood, and what a great blog! Going to get the ingredients for the kids to make some while still on their hols.

Anonymous said...

Precious! How many does the recipe make?

Anonymous said...

The kids and I made these today - Thanks!

(I used an average-sized cookie cutter, and it made about a dozen.)

Kimberly Danielle Furstenberg said...

These are so cute! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

la Naváa said...

So awesome! I'm going to give this a try!

Jen @ TheTrailGoesOnForever said...

We are planning to make these with our Daisy Girl Scouts this week. Do you happen to know how many hearts this recipe yields? We have 10 girls. Thanks for the adorable idea!

Crystal said...

Love, love, love this! Sharing it with my readers in my list of summer activities post. :)

kirstikoo said...

What a fantastic project! I featured you in my BEST Summer activities post-- http://kirstikoo.blogspot.com/2011/06/best-summertime-activities-printables.html
Come by and say hi! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

About me, Antigone said...

Love love love this! So much so that it made it to the #1 spot on our summer to do list.

We also blogged about it and linked back to you, check it out here... http://a-little-bit-country.blogspot.com/2011/07/birdseed-treats.html

Thank you so much! My kids had a blast! xoxo, Antigone

thehomemadegift said...

Thanks for the fun idea. I made these with a group of about 10 girls ages 3-16 and everyone loved it. We used a heart (like yours) and a large star. Each girl made one of each.
I shared this on facebook at:
facebook.com/homemadegiftideas and at www.thehomemadegift.com

Pumpy said...

This is a lovely idea, I will make some to day, thanks Pam Knowles

Anonymous said...

Made Christmas shapes for our tree, and the best part is after we will be able to put them out for the birds! I also made some with a different colored seed, then alternated them in cookie bags for small gifts!

Carrie R said...

I made these with my kids for Earth day and it was so much fun we are making them with my Girl Scout troop today for Mother's day!