Preschool Valentine’s | Homemade Bird Seed Feeders

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I won’t lie. I’ve been looking forward to this day since before I had kids. I dreamed of the day when I would get to make Valentine’s Day cards with our kids to bring in to school. The day is finally here!! Tomorrow is Rowan’s Valentine’s Day party at school and we’ve been busy all week making little goodies for her friends. We decided to make some cute bird seed feeders in the shape of hearts for her to give out. We designed little bags to put them in. Rowan colored in the hearts on the bag and painted some paper for us to cut the hearts out for the top. Now let’s just hope the snow doesn’t rain on our parade. My fingers are crossed school doesn’t get canceled tomorrow.

Ingredients:

4 cups of bird seed
1 envelope of unflavored Knox gelatin
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 Tbsp corn syrup
Heart cookie cutters
Cooking spray/ or oil
Twine
Straws
Wax paper
Cookie sheet
measuring cup

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Directions:

1. In a large bowl, mix everything but the bird seed together. Mix well.
2. Add bird seed. Stir until combined evenly.
3. Spray inside of heart cookie cutter with cooking spray.
4. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
5. Place cookie cutter down on baking sheet, fill with bird seed mixer. It will be sticky. You can use fingers or you can spray your wooden spoon with cooking spray to help.
5. Pack cookie cutter with mixture. You can use the back of a measuring cup to pack it in and make it flat.
6. Poke a straw through the heart towards the top.
7. Lift cookie cutter. You should be able to slide bird seed heart right out.
8. Respray cookie cutter. Repeat all steps.
9. Let them dry for a few hours to over night until they are hardened.
10. Tie twine through the hole and then give as gifts or hang outside on your tree

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Happy Valentine’s Day.
(To see another super easy preschool bird feeder craft I did- head on over to the Little Hip Squeak blog and check it out!)

  1. Gasp!! Brilliant! Need to do this with V. She loves watching the birds in our backyard!

  2. I am soooo with you! I heart making Valentine’s with my school age child! She’s getting older and wanting to make the cards on her own, which is a good thing. I’m waiting for my next child to start preschool so I can “assist” with making Valentine’s!

  3. Soooo adorable- I’m going to make! But can you tell me, do you need one packet of unflavored gelatin and one packet knor? Are they the same thing or different?

  4. I have to admit, I don’t get too crafty around Valentine’s Day. I am actually a huge sucker for those little store-bought cards that fold in half and secure with a heart shaped sticker. They are so nostalgically sweet for me. But this is one craft that I could get into. I love that it’s not candy AND that it encourages a bit of compassion for nature. Kudos, lady.

  5. MΓ³nica •

    The cookies I found great are great. That happy face is your daughter. Kisses and happy Thursday.

  6. Beyond adorable! What a fabulous idea.

    http://www.shannonheartsblog.com

  7. I ADORE these. What a great idea!

  8. Yay! Thanks for posting these, they will be perfect for my daughter next year(only 20 months now). Love that they are not a food treat since we have allergies over here.

  9. Laura Boyd •

    This is just darling and so is your little cutie daughter! I brought your heart bird treat from Little Hip Squeaks for my 3 year old’s class on Valentines Day and it was loved by all! Thank you for the lovely fun!

  10. I shared these on my blog for my Monday’s Obsessions! Love!

  11. Ok those are so cute! I think I would try to eat one if i didn’t know!
    And I feel bad, (but not too bad,) because I don’t do anything for preschool Valentine’s. A few kids exchange goodies, and I just figure I don’t have it in me right now. Levi doesn’t seem to mind, and I wonder if I had a daughter if I’d be different. I guess i don’t remember looking forward to those things, so maybe it’s just not me. But I hope I don’t regret not doing it either! πŸ˜‰

  12. oh these are just awesome! what a great gift idea!

  13. Natasha •

    I am curious… I am a preschool teacher and planning to do this with my class tomorrow. Can you tell me do you need to heat the gelatin? -Natasha 4/13/14

  14. I wish I had better news, but this recipe needs to be used very quickly. These will start to mold after 5 days of being stored in a non-air tight plastic bag. It happened to me and all of the 30+ ones I made for my daughter’s preschool class. Good for the birds, since food with preservatives is bad, but it’s pretty bad for those who want to take a couple weeks to make/store preschool gifts.

  15. So cute! About the packets of gelatin – are 2 needed, or just one?

  16. Linda donohoe •

    I am confused regarding gelatin packets. Do we use 1 or 2 and if 2 is there a difference between the 2?

  17. Cute project! Any reason why1 package gelatin is listed twice?

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