Valentine's Day falls in the cold snowy winter, so share some of that holiday love with the feathered friends in your yard by making this Valentine Bird Feeder Hearts DIY Craft.
They are fun to make and use only a few simple supplies. They make a fun and unique Valentine's Day gift for a bird lover or anyone who appreciates a homemade, useful gift.
The only special equipment you'll need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter. I used this Wilton From the Heart Nesting Metal Cutter Set. I love it because it has various sizes of hearts, some with smooth edges and some with crimped edges. The recipe below was enough to fill both of the silver cookie cutters in the set.
Valentine Bird Feeder Hearts
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Bird Seed
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup water
Heart Cookie Cutter
Drinking straw, cut into a length of 1″
Cord or string for hanging
Boil the water. Add in the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Mix in the bird seed.
Lay the cookie cutter on a baking sheet. (I covered it with wax paper, but I don't think it's necessary.) Start filling with the bird seed mixture. Place the drinking straw where you would like the hanger to go and pack seed mixture around it. Finish filling cookie cutter and press down with your fingers.
Set outside or in the refrigerator to cool. Once it is set, remove from cookie cutter. Remove straw. Allow to dry overnight.
Thread cord through hole to hang from tree. To hang ours, I used a thin piece of flannel cut from old pajamas.