Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tweats for Tweets

Let's not forget our feathered friends this Valentine's Day, especially when food is so scarce in the winter months.This is a fun project to do with the family & one you will repeat for years to come  (due to its simplicity). Kids love to watch birds flock to the yard to enjoy these creations.

Here's what you need (you can make larger batches or smaller as you need):
3 cups birdseed
2 – 1/4 ounce unflavored gelatin packets
cookie cutters or a mold (you can also form shapes with tinfoil)
twine, ribbon or string of some kind
1 drinking straw

Place two gelatin packets in 1/2 cup cold water.
Let the gelatin sit for a few minutes until it has absorbed the water (it will look like jelly). 
Heat 1 3/4 cups water in a pan, then pour in the gelatin mixture.
Stir until dissolved.
Stir in your 3 cups birdseed, making sure all seeds are coated.

Allow mixture to cool, then scoop into your cookie cutter/shapes (I put shapes on wax paper/cookie sheet).
Place drinking straw in the shapes to make opening for string.
Make sure your hole is closer to middle of the shape, so the string will not rip through once hung.

Place in fridge or freezer (I placed in freezer for one hour), so that the gelatin forms and bonds the birdseed.
Lastly, add string, hang outdoors and enjoy!

These also make great gifts for the bird lover. To keep, just wrap in cellophane and refrigerate.


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