We have a ton of big walnut trees in our backyard so making bird feeders is one of my kid’s favorite crafts. They are easy to make and so much fun to hang up. It’s a great way to have your kids connect to nature and be an observer to the wild all around you. If your little ones are animal lovers, then these easy bird feeders for kids is the perfect summer craft!
These bird feeders are super simple to make and fun for all aged kids. I have a 6, 8 and 10 year old and they all enjoyed this one. As your kids get older, it can be hard to find crafts that all enjoy, but this is one of those rare ones. They get to be a little messy and have a cool end product that is really useful too!
To make these, you will need:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
4 cups bird seed
Then in addition, you’ll need:
cookie cutters (for the molds)
string (to hang)
In a large bowl you start by combining all of the ingredients until the seed is completely covered. This can be done by you or your kids!
Line some baking sheets with either wax paper or tin foil and spray your cookie cutters with non stick spray to make removing them later easier. Use spoons to fill the mold with the seed, being sure to fill them all up!
Filling the molds was my kids most favorite part. By giving them their own big spoons, they didn’t have to fight over it and they each got to pick whichever molds they wanted. This size batch also made 16 bird feeders, so it was plenty for my three kids!
Once they are all filled, cut straws into pieces and use one per mold to make a hole where the string will go. Leave the straws in and let them set for at least an hour or two, then you can remove them from the molds and either let dry over night, being sure to flip over at least once, or dry them in a low oven, which is what I did!
If you use the oven, just set it to 250 degrees and dry them in their for an hour and a half and then you can string them and hang them up! Any string is fine to use.
We loved hanging ours around and watching the different birds (and squirrels!) come and much on a nice snack. It was a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.