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Easy Crafts for Kids: Homemade Cookie-Cutter Bird Feeders

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Making bird cookies to hang in the trees is a simple craft that is oh-so cute. Kids love to make them, birds love to eat them, and both kids and adults love watching the birds eat them.

They take about 30 minutes to make, so this project will hold the attention of even the smallest child.


First, here are a list of materials you and your child can gather:

  • 2 cups of birdseed. It is best to choose a kind without sunflower seeds for the solidity of the feeder.
  • ½ cup of water.
  • 2 small envelopes of unflavored gelatin.
  • Twine, string, or ribbon cut into 8-10 inch strips.
  • Cookie cutters (this recipe makes 10 bird cookies, so you need 10 cookie cutters). The recipe can easily be cut in half though to make only five cookies.
  • Wax paper.
Fill the cutter up halfway, packing snugly.

Fill the cutter up halfway, packing snugly.

Start Baking

Now that you have all your materials are gathered, here's a step-by-step guide on how to make your homemade cookie cutter bird feeders:

  1. Start off by mixing gelatin into warm water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Once the gelatin is dissolved, remove it from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Pour the birdseed into a 2-quart mixing bowl and then slowly add the gelatin mixture. Stir until all of the birdseed is coated with the liquid.
  3. Lay out the cookie cutters on a sheet of wax paper.
  4. Fill the cookie cutters with the birdseed mixture. Fill them up about halfway, packing snugly. It’s important to only fill them halfway so that the ribbon will be in the center of the cookie. A ribbon that is not centered could cause the finished cookie to break away easily.
  5. Tie a knot at the end of a ribbon to form a loop.
  6. While holding the knotted end in the cookie cutter, cover the ribbon with birdseed to hold it into place, then continue filling up the rest of the cookie cutter with birdseed mixture. Make sure to pack it down as tightly as possible, and pay special attention to the corners of any odd shapes it tends to be harder to get the birdseed in those places for the kiddos.
  7. After an hour, the gelatin will begin to firm up. Turn over each of the cutters and press them down firmly from the top. This will level off the other side and will help to make the birdseed more compact or a stronger cookie.
  8. Let the cookies stay in the cutters overnight to dry completely. The next morning, they will slide easily out of the cookie cutters, and they are ready to be hung from the trees.
Holding the knotted end in the cookie cutter, fill the rest of the cookie cutter with the seed mixture.

Holding the knotted end in the cookie cutter, fill the rest of the cookie cutter with the seed mixture.

Although it sounds like it would be an icky sticky mess, it's really not. Everything is contained on the wax paper.

Although it sounds like it would be an icky sticky mess, it's really not. Everything is contained on the wax paper.

Have Fun

Now that you've made your bird feed cookies, have fun hanging them up in the trees for your neighborhood birds to eat.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Audrey Surma from Virginia on February 06, 2014:

Love this idea! I will be making these this summer - my children are older now but I will ask them to help me. I love watching the bluebirds, cardinals and hummingbirds visit my yard each year. Pinned and voted up.

Alison on December 20, 2013:

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I had fun making these with my four year old daughter as Christmas presents. All was going well until I got ready to give away the ones that we made and wrapped last week. They are covered in mold! Eww.

Maybe would be ok if the went directly outside in the winter.

I am going to file this one away as a Pinterest fail for me:(

Kathy Hull (author) from Bloomington, Illinois on January 09, 2013:

Thanks much! I'm glad you enjoyed it ishwaryaa22! :)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 09, 2013:

A cute tutorial hub filled with clear instructions and amazing photos! Belated congrats on winning the hub of the day! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

Heather from Arizona on October 03, 2012:

Congrats on hub of the day! This is one of the cutest projects I have ever seen. I don't have kids, but I'm going to to make these for sure. I love the way they look hanging in the tree. Great hub and thanks for sharing this wonderful craft idea.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on October 02, 2012:

Something very new and interesting. Will surely try this out!

Eric Cramer from Chicagoland on October 02, 2012:

Voted Up! Never thought of using cookie cutters to make a bird feeder. What a great idea! Congradulations on the hub of the day!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 02, 2012:

You are right, these are really cute. What a cool project for kids to make a unique Christmas tree ! Fantastic Hub!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 02, 2012:

Very inspiring hub and you are so creative. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


Susan Sisk from Georgia, USA on October 02, 2012:

This looks great! I am going to try it with my grandkids.

TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 02, 2012:

What a wonderful idea!! This will be the perfect way to lure more of our local songbirds (manjiro) to my trees in the morning. Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions and great photos!

Voted up & useful!!

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on October 02, 2012:


This is something I will make with my neice, or by myself. What a gift you have to think of this for children to make. This will be great for the coming months as I feed the birds who visit from the north all winter.

I voted awesome useful and interesting.

And I tweeted it.

Thanks again and have a great autumn.

Bobbi Purvis

Etherealenigma on October 02, 2012:

What a fantastic idea! Great for holiday decorations outside; great for a fun filled kids project; and great because it feeds even the least of these...perfect! I'm pinning it! Thanks for a wonderful idea.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on October 02, 2012:

What a clever and fun idea! I love these! It would be a great kid-friendly craft project. Very deserving of HOTD - voted up and shared!

Hui (蕙) on October 02, 2012:


Our simple and on some level monotonous life can be more colorful and interesting and vibrant!

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on October 02, 2012:

I love this! My boys will be making these this weekend and putting them up outside. They will love it!!!! Great Hub! Congrats on HOTD!

whonunuwho from United States on October 02, 2012:

Very unique and a most enjoyable hub. Our feathered friends all may need a little help these days because there have been so many hot and dry days all over.

daisyjae from Canada on October 02, 2012:

This is such an awesome idea! Lots of fun to do with kids. Rated up & useful.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 02, 2012:

I absolutely love this idea! I am going to do this with my kids around Christmas time and make a Christmas tree for the birds. What fun!

RTalloni on October 02, 2012:

This is a fabulous nature craft to do with kids! Congrats on a well-deserved Hub of the Day award. :)

Jill Spencer from United States on October 02, 2012:

What an awesome idea! Great HOTD!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 02, 2012:

Thank you so much for this great comme and here's to so many more to follow on here.


Jakub Dubec from Europe on October 02, 2012:

Pretty DIY products! :-)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 02, 2012:

This is very clever. When I was a little girl, we made the pine cone bird feeder to hang in trees.

These have taken that activit y to a whole new level. My gandson will be helping me make some of these this winter. Thank you for sharing this and congrats on hub of the day. pinned

Saadia A on October 02, 2012:

A very interesting activity to do with kids and a very brilliant idea that you have shared. Congratulations on your Hub of the Day as well.

Voted up, awesome and interesting !!!

Kathy Hull (author) from Bloomington, Illinois on September 29, 2012:

Oh I'm sure he will kids enjoyed it completely!

Mariele on September 28, 2012:

What a great idea! I'll have to try these with my grandson. He'll love making them.

Kathy Hull (author) from Bloomington, Illinois on September 27, 2012:

Oh Stephanine...sooo much better than the mess made with animal fat. It is sticky, but not bad at all.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on September 27, 2012:

I love this idea. This is much better than working with animal fat to keep everything together. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.

Danette Watt from Illinois on September 27, 2012:

What a cute idea for young children. If my kids were still young, this is exactly the sort of project I'd do with them. Voted up

Kate P from The North Woods, USA on September 23, 2012:

This is such an easy, but fantastic idea! Great instructions and images. Voted up and interesting.

Kathy Hull (author) from Bloomington, Illinois on September 23, 2012:

Thanks much Angelo! They are so simple to make. We had a blast doing it. So glad you enjoyed!

Angelo52 on September 23, 2012:

Making these cookie cutter bird seed feeders is a very clever idea. Your article provides the information well, even I should be able to use your idea. Sharing to facebook and pin it. Voted up etc.

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