So, along with my new post series ‘Inspired by Pinterest,’ where I show my version of crafts that have been floating around on pinterest, I figured, I should create a new series for projects whose inspiration also came from pinterest, but that got a ‘geek’ remake. Thus, GEEKIFIED posts are born. Happy birthday, GEEKIFIED. Welcome to the world. You’re so beautiful. As an example in the series, let’s start out with with these DIY bird feeders I saw on Pinterest. The pin itself leads to a buzzfeed link, which I then followed to the original content, found at Pink Pistaschio. Her instructions were simple- she even called a bird handler to make sure all the ingredients were safe for birds beforehand (SPOILER ALERT: they are safe).
Inspired by this initial pin, I was excited to create some different shapes than the traditional circle (although I still did a heart. I love hearts. Like fun, I’m not going to make a heart.) I chose some dinosaurs, a skull, a heart (duhhh) and a raven. Half are from a dinosaur cookie cutter set I got from Walmart, one is from a Wilson fondant set that is supposed to be used to make Calla Lillies, and the others are from a Halloween cookie cutter set.
Anyways, here’s what you need for my version:
+ Fun cookie cutter shapes
+ 2 packets unflavored gelatin (I used Knox. It’s the only unflavored brand I know)
+ 2/3 cup water in a saucepan (cool/cold water. DO NOT heat up the water until after the gelatin dissolves)
+ 2 cups birdseed (I used a random generic brand, but you can lure different types of birds with different types of seeds!)
+ Cooking Spray (to coat your cookie cutters)
+ Cookie Sheet lined with Wax Paper (do this first, trust me)
+ A beverage straw or two, for making the hole in the bird feeders.
+ Twine, string, wird, etc. i.e. something to tie to the bird feeder so you can hang it.
Let’s get started.
Step one: In a small saucepan, stir the two packets of gelatin into the water until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
Step two: Turn your burner on, to medium heat, and stir constantly until the gelatin simmers. I may have heated it too much, but it didn’t affect the outcome of my treats, so don’t worry about mistakes! Step three: Remove the pan from heat, and stir in all your birdseed. MIX MIX MIX! Then, let cool.
Step four: While the birdseed mix is cooling, line your cookie sheet/baking sheet with the wax paper. This didn’t need a picture, haha.
Step five: Spray the inside of your cookie cutters with cooking spray, to make the treats easy to get out and easy to clean afterwards. Then, line them up on your baking sheet for the next step. There is no picture for this either.
Step six: Spoon your birdseed mixture into your little cookie cutters. You could do this carefully, but you’re still going to make a little bt of a mess, I bet. No worries. That’s why you’ve got that wax paper. Spoon them at least halfway full (mine are filled to the brim).
HINT: If you aren’t going to put all of your bird feeders out at once, you MUST store them in the fridge. Gelatin molds if left out, and your bird feeders will mold if left out on the counter and stuff.
Typically, birds eat them before they have a chance to mold outdoors, so don’t worry about it.
The birds in my area are savages, and the feeders were all gone (I made more than pictured) within three days. SAVAGES.