How to Make Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

Written by heidi a. reeves
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How to Make Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
Turn bird seed into shaped feeders with cookie cutters. (bird seed image by Alison Bowden from

When you hang bird feeders from the trees in your yard, you provide local avian inhabitants with an alternative food source. Although you can hang feeders year-round, during the winter they serve as a supplement to sparsely-available natural food sources. Rather than purchasing bird feeders from the store, use cookie cutters to create your own shaped feeders. Cookie cutter bird feeders are simple to make, and the finished product is completely edible, with the exception of the hanger.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gelatin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Bird seed
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Wooden spoon
  • Waxed paper
  • Swiss roll pan or baking tray
  • Cookie cutters
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Sandwich bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Knife
  • Paper plate

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    Gelatin Bird Feeder

  1. 1

    Prepare two packets of gelatin according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, you will heat water, add it to a mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin powder over the top. The powder will slowly absorb into the water.

  2. 2

    Measure out two cups of bird seed and add a few tablespoons at a time into the gelatin and water solution. Mix in the seeds with a wooden spoon until they're well combined.

  3. 3

    Line a Swiss roll pan--or a baking tray with high sides--with a piece of waxed paper. Your waxed paper should cover the surface and the sides.

  4. 4

    Pour the bird seed and gelatin mixture onto the pan or baking tray and press it into a thick layer that covers the bottom of the pan or sheet. Cut shapes from the gelatin and bird seed mixture with a cookie cutter. Leave each cut-out shape on the pan or baking tray and continue cutting more shapes until you fill the utensil. Pull the waste gelatin and bird seed from around the cut-outs.

  5. 5

    Punch a hole near the top of each cookie cutter shape, using the top of an unsharpened pencil, and place the pan or baking tray in the refrigerator to set. After the gelatin mixture has set--this will take about three hours--remove the sheet from the fridge and allow the cookie cutter shapes to dry out for at least two days.

  6. 6

    Pull the cookie cutter bird feeders from the waxed paper, thread a length of ribbon or twine through the hole at the top of each one, and tie the ends together. Hang the finished bird feeders from tree branches.

    Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

  1. 1

    Punch shapes from sliced sandwich bread using a cookie cutter.

  2. 2

    Poke a hole near the top of each shape with an unsharpened pencil, thread a ribbon or length of string through the hole and tie the ends in a knot.

  3. 3

    Allow the bread cut-outs to sit out for a few days, or until they have gone stale and hardened.

  4. 4

    Spread peanut butter over one side of the bread with a blunt knife.

  5. 5

    Pour bird seed onto a paper plate and spread it out. Press the peanut butter side of the bread shape into the seed, then hang your finished bird feeders on tree branches.

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