- 1 cup of boiling water
- 2 packets of gelatin (about 2 Tbsp.)
- 2 Tbsp. of corn syrup
- 2 ½ cups of bird seed
- Little aluminum tart moulds or plastic cups or cookie cutters
- 5 straws, cut in half
- Twine or yarn
- *Recipe makes 10 little cups or small cookie cut-outs
- Boil the cup of water.
- Empty the packets of gelatine into a large mixing bowl. Pour the water into the bowl and stir with a spoon until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
- Add the corn syrup and stir until combined.
- Add the bird seed and mix well until everything is evenly coated.
- Scoop seed mixture into moulds (fill about halfway), cups or cookie cutters. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon to pack in the seeds.
- Gently poke the straws all the way through the seed shapes making sure not to put them too close to the edges.
- To set faster, put the moulds on a baking sheet and pop the tray into the fridge for two hours to allow the feeders to set and harden.
- Remove the tray from the fridge and let sit to dry out for two more hours.
- Gently remove the bird seed feeders from the moulds.
- Flip them over so the bottoms can also fully dry out. This may take 3 to 4 hours or even overnight.
- Once completely dry and hard to the touch, remove the straws and use the twine or yarn to tie a loop through the holes.
- Hang outside and enjoy watching the birds come for a snack!
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