2 Projects For the Birds!!


The first project makes these cute little suet feeders. I changed up the recipe a bit based on some others feedback. I did not have any problem with my feeders staying together and we had 100 degree temperatures.

What you need:
muffin tin or similiar
2 - 1/4 ounce gelatin packets (unflavored)
2 cups of bird seed
6 T + 2 T water
Spray Oil


To make a batch, bring 6 tablespoons of water to a boil. Empty two 1/4-ounce packages of unflavored gelatin (I used the Knox brand) into 2 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl. Let the gelatin sit for 1 minute, then add the boiling water and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until the gelatin has dissolved. Next, stir 2 cups of your favorite wild birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.


Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process a few times, if necessary, allowing the seed to absorb the liquid. Spray the pan oil spray.


Spoon the seed mixture into your pan and place a straw through the center for twine placement later.


Place the pan in the freezer and let them set for at least 3 hours. Remove the wreaths from the molds by inverting the pans and tapping along the bottoms.


Allow the wreaths to air-dry overnight. Finally, pull out the straws and thread colorful ribbon or twine around your wreaths and hang them outside in a protected spot, such as under an awning or eaves, where the rain won’t melt them.



My second project makes this cute little recycled bird feeder.

(click picture for source)

What you need:

1 liter plastic bottle w/ top
2 wooden spoons
bird seed
eye hook

Start by drawing a 1/2-inch asterisk on the side of a clean 1-liter soda bottle, about 4 inches from the bottom. Rotate the bottle 90 degrees and draw another asterisk 2 inches from the bottom. Draw a 1-inch-wide circle opposite each asterisk, as shown on bottle above. Use a craft knife to slit the asterisk lines and cut out the circles. Insert a wooden spoon handle first through each hole and then through the opposite asterisk, as shown. Remove the bottle cap and twist a small eye screw into the top of it for hanging. Finally, fill your feeder with birdseed, recap it, and use a length of twine to hang it from a tree.

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Tote said...

What good ideas! I love seeing the birds fly around their feeders. Earlier this spring I had one of those brown doves make a nest in the wreath on my front door. She laid 2 eggs. They finally hatched and flew away. It was a pain though because we always had to leave the house through the garage because we didn't want to distrub her!


Beach Coast Style said...

now these are cool eco friendly ideas!

Pearl Maple said...

cute and easy idea to help out the little birds in the area
thanks for sharing the inspiration