Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bird Seed Cakes

 Jaden was asking about the birds the other day, "Are they cold?"  "Why do they sleep in the snow?"  "Do they eat the snow?"  It got me thinking.  We feed the birds bread and popcorn all summer long.  Our faithful friends stayed with us through this harsh winter and we give them nothing!  I was going to save this project for spring but after my conversation with J, I decided to do it now!  I told Jaden we were going to make bird seed cakes!  Her reply, "Why?  Is it the bird's birthday?"

Bird Seed Cakes

3 c. bird seed
1 oz. gelatin
1 c. boiling water
molds/muffin tin

First, pour gelatin powder into boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.

Next, dump three cups of bird seed into the gelatin and stir.

Then, fill your molds!  Note: We forgot to grease our molds... You'll see why you shouldn't forget this step :o)

Next, make a loop out of yarn and stick the knot down into the cake.  Make sure the knot is completely covered with seed.

Then, let sit OVERNIGHT.  Again, we tried to speed up this step with the flower mold by putting it in the fridge so we could pop it out early.  Be patient!

THE NEXT DAY, pop out your cakes!  It's a good thing these are only for birds... Our lack of patience kind of crumbled the edges.

Last, hang your cakes outside for the birds!

This is a really fun project for kids.  A couple of things I did wrong... take note.
  1. Don't add more than three cups of bird seed.  Your mixture may look a little watery.  THAT'S OK!  More gelatin = less crumbling.
  2. Grease the pans!
  3. Let sit overnight or longer.
Have fun!  The birds will thank you :o)

I'm linking this idea up to all of my favorite linky parties!


Kristen said...

looks fun, thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing this Great Project ! I hope you don't mind I added this project on my blog - I have always wondered how to make these. You little helper is SO CUTE too !

Angie said...

Those would be great for the birds... the squirrels would love them too I am sure!

Jana said...

Such a great idea. Thanks for linking up over at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!

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The Diaper Diaries said...

Easy fun with the kids. love it!!

Alison said...

This is an excellent recipe and tutorial. I would love for you to post in on my Fridays Unfolded linky at http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net/2011/02/fridays-unfolded-5.html


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Etcetorize said...

Looks like a really fun project. I'll be putting it on my 'to do' list for sure. Thanks~

Melissa said...

That is so fun! My son would love to make some of these. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

What a cool idea! That'll help me a great deal in catching and eating those birds :-)))))

~Avalon the cat

Vanessa Morgan said...

Cute. Great idea.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea!

Shore Girl said...

This is a great idea! I have two friends that I know would love to receive some of these as a gift ---and it's so much more creative than just giving them a bag of bird seed! Thanks so much for sharing -- and for the great tutorial!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Those birds eat in style! Very cute.