Thursday, January 26, 2012

crafting with grandma - Birdseed Hearts!

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Typically, the end of January and beginning of February it is fairly cold - often bitterly cold, here in Michigan. This year it has not been bitterly cold, but it is still winter and birds still need food, so if you would like a craft which you could make with your grandchildren and one which gives them the opportunity to help birds, take a look at this great idea I found on Pinterest for birdseed hearts! (You'll find a step-by-step picture tutorial if you follow the links)
Supplies -
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2.5 teaspoons)
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
Directions -
  • Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup. Add birdseed and stir well.
  • Spray the inside of a heart cookie cutter with vegetable cooking spray. (You could also wipe it down with veg. oil.)
  • Place cookie cutter on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Spoon mixture inside of cookie cutter, pressing mixture firmly with greased fingers. (The more you press it down, the less shedding of seeds you will have.) 
  • Using a chopstick or bamboo skewer, make a hole near the top of the heart.
  • Remove chopstick
  • Carefully pull cookie cutter away from birdseed heart.  Repeat until all the mixture is used up. (You should spray the cookie cutter after every six hearts, that way it won’t stick.)
  • Let dry 6-8 hours. (I let mine sit overnight.) 
  • Cut 10-12 inches of jute for each heart. String jute through heart 
  • Tie the jute in a knot (You can tuck the knot inside the hole so it doesn’t show.) You can hang these from branches
As you make these birdseed hearts with your grandchildren talk about the kinds of birds which are likely to find and eat the seed. Get a bird book and identify the birds with your grandchildren. Talk about how creative God is to create so many different types of birds and lead your grandchildren in thanking and praising God for the birds He made! You could also take your grandchildren around to your neighbors and give them some birdseed hearts so they could feed the birds in their yards, too!

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea. I'll be sharing this one with Tahina. She could watch birds for hours. These adorable hearts will attract lots of them. Thanks for sharing.
    Carmen Van Deursen