Feed the Birds – Easy Instructions

As fall is now in full swing and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow and oranges here in Michigan the birds are beginning to find their way south to warmer climates.  Due to this migration, we are finding our yard full of birds all stopping for a bite to eat as they make their long journey.  Dick, Jane and I wanted to do something to help the birds and decided to make “bird treats” for them to snack on.

This simple craft took only a few moments to make, but must “set” overnight. To begin you will need the following ingredients.
– Water (1 cup)
– Knox Gelatin packets (QTY: 4)
– Small seed bird feed ( 3 cups)
– Wax paper
– Cookie cutters
– Ribbon or string for hanging

Begin by laying out wax paper to work on and set up your cookie cutters.  Add the water and packets of gelatin to a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring continuously.  Once the gelatin has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat.

Add 3 cups of birdseed to a large bowl and pour saucepan mixture over the top.  Stir to coat.
Carefully spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters, filling 3/4 of the way.  Next, add a folded over ribbon to the cutter creating a loop to hang your treat.  Cover the ribbon with more mixture to seal it in.
Allow the treats to cool and harden over night. Finally you can remove the treats from the cookie cutters and hang them in your favorite place.  Enjoy watching the birds as they feed on the very special gift you’ve given them.