I’ve never been able to figure out how birds stay warm in the winter, but somehow they always seem to survive. Of course, we try to do our part by setting out homemade birdseed cake.
This birdseed cake recipe is perfect for any bird lover looking to help their feathered friends during the winter months.
Not only is it an easy and budget-friendly way to feed the birds, but it’s also a fun and creative way to get the kids involved in backyard bird watching.
With the use of gelatin as a binding agent and the option to use any shaped cookie cutter, the possibilities are endless.
So, whether you’re looking to attract a specific type of bird to your backyard or simply want to do your part in helping the local bird population, this birdseed cake recipe is the perfect solution.
Let’s get started on making these adorable and delicious treats for our feathered friends.
Easy To Make Birdseed Cake Craft
Birdseed Cake Materials
- Twine, string or ribbon
- Unflavored gelatin powder, such as Knox
- Baking sheet or countertop
- Waxed paper
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
Birdseed Cake Instructions
- For each cake, cut a 12- or 18-in. length of twine, string or ribbon. Loop and tie the ends in a knot. Set aside.
- Mix 1/2 oz. gelatin (2 packages of Knox) with 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir well to dissolve gelatin completely.
- Add about 1-1/2 cups birdseed to gelatin solution. Mix well. If the mixture is still watery, add more birdseed until it has a stiff but sticky consistency.
- Line countertop or baking sheet with waxed paper. Place cookie -cutters an inch apart on paper.
- Fill each cookie cutter half-full of birdseed mixture. Place knotted end of the hanging loop on the top center of -mixture. Fill cookie cutter with more birdseed mixture on top of the loop. Firmly press mixture with the back of the spoon to compact in place.
- After a few hours, gently unmold each cake onto fresh waxed paper. Let dry, flipping periodically, for 72 hours or until completely hardened before hanging.
How To Make Your Yard Winter Friendly For Birds
Provide A Source Of Water
Birds need water for drinking and bathing, even in the winter.
By placing a bird bath or small pond in your backyard and keeping it unfrozen, you’ll be providing an important resource for birds during the winter.
Birds need protection from the wind and cold, and they also need a place to roost at night.
You can create a birdhouse or add evergreen shrubs and trees to your yard to provide them with a warm and safe place to rest.
Leave Garden Seed Heads and Berries
Additionally, leaving some of your garden’s seed heads and berries on the plants will give birds a natural food source.
Winter is tough for birds, but with a little effort, we can make it just a little bit easier for them.
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