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Frugal Knockoff Bird Feeders

on 4.10.2013 at 11:33am
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Frugal Knockoff Birdfeeders

Do you ever see things online or in a store and think “I could sooo make that”.  I had that moment this morning.  I was looking through some of the One Kings Lane sales ending soon and found the “In The Garden” sale.  Some really cute bird feeders caught my eye, but the price tag kind of shocked me.

These look awesome, but I just can’t bring myself to spend $22 on something I can make with materials I already have.  So, I went to my go-to source for DIY projects: Pinterest.

I found a post from Dandee Designs who made bird feeders that look just like this.

The ingredients:  Bird seed, flour, water, gelatin, corn syrup

Other supplies you should have around the house: bowl, cookie sheet, wooden spoon, cookie cutters, non-stick spray, drinking straw, twine.

Mix all of the ingredients together, flatten it onto the cookie sheet, and cut out the shapes you want with the cookie cutters you have on hand (or make your own designs with cardboard molds.  Leave a hole for the twine by placing a straw in that spot before the mold sets.  Once it’s had time to dry overnight, string the twin through and hang them outside on a tree so you can watch all of the birds enjoy the pretty treat.

If you want to put the posts on the bottom like the ones from OKL to decorate your lawn, just buy some small dowel rods from the craft store and stick them in the bottom of the feeder before it dries and sets.

To get the full tutorial, check out Dandee Design’s recipe.

I looked up a few different recipes, and from the comments I read this seems to be the best one.  Other recipes would melt in the heat, and I can’t have that in this South Carolina weather.

This is a great craft to get your kids involved in, too!  Not only will they have fun making the feeders, but the best reward is seeing all of the birds that will feed from it.  All in all, I think it’s a great craft for a lovely Spring day!

 Do you have any bird feeder recipes?  Share them below.