Natural Valentine’s Day Crafts

I have been meaning to make an easy bird feeder with my son for ages, but the problem was all the ones I knew or have done in the past used peanut butter. My son isn’t allergic but he is completely repulsed by the smell.  So when I found this one on Pinterest and saw that it uses gelatin I squealed ( yes really) and added gelatin to my grocery list immediately. We had some left over gelatin so we made some yummy all natural gummy treats too. Two easy heart shaped treats made with 1 box of gelatin, that’s rad!

  1. We doubled the recipe that Bargin Hoot  uses here.  And instead of cookie cutters we used a silicon mold .
  2. They had fun  mixing .I had fun vacuuming after. But it’s easier to vacuum bird seed up than try to sweep it, those little seeds roll and hurt to step on!
  3. Press into the mold. We filled it halfway popped our string in then filled it up.
  4. A few hours later – voila!

The best part of this activity wasn’t making it was finding the right spots in our yard to place them.

We put them in the apple trees in the front yard, the pine trees in the back and some random bushes too . Clearly I am not a gardener. Since we hung them up we have gone outside every day to see which ones have had birds nibble away at them. It’s been fun to see my son concerned about the birds and I think the hearts add some natural sparkle to our wintery yard. Just today we noticed the birds ( or perhaps raccoons?) already have a favorite. We will continue to observe them in the upcoming weeks.

After we hung those up we noticed a recipe on the back of the Knox Gelatin box , adjusted it for our serving size and made some heart jellies! Why haven’t we been making these for years? My son loved helping me make them and I loved that there are no artificial colors like the store bought gelatin desserts.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 envelopes of gelatin, 1/2 cup of cold juice, 1.5 cups of juice brought to a boil and a dash of sugar. You will also need a heart cookie cutter, a sauce pan , casserole dish( ours is 8x8x2) a spoon and a big bowl for mixing.
  2. Pour the cold juice into the bowl and drizzle the gelatin on.
  3. Boil the other juice.
  4. Pour into the bowl and mix . I added just a dash of sugar since the juice we used was already low sugar. I had my son gently mix and I got the bottom bits. Once dissolved let cool for 2-3 hours.
  5. Using the cookie cutter make heart shapes.
  6. He loved the leftovers!

Note about the juices we used – we used mostly natural lemonade with just enough natural strawberry kiwi to make it red. Any juice will work though, I may hit up the natural market for some pomegranate juice before Valentine’s Day.

 

Comments

  1. says

    My kids are going to love this! My son has made 2 wooden bird houses. I know he’ll especially love making these treats and checking them every day to see what has been eaten. :) I also love the natural “jello.” We avoid food dye, HFCS, etc. This will be a lot of fun for Valentine’s. :)

    • admin says

      I was seriously giddy when he loved them because I am so mean about him not having food dye. It really does a number on him so I am pretty strict. These were so good I hope your kids like them too!

  2. Terry says

    Gelatin contains animal byproducts. A worthy attempt, but there are plenty of veggie/plant-oriented recipes out there…

    • admin says

      You are right it does – but gelatin is still natural. If you are looking for a vegetarian option you could make ones with peanut butter. Just be sure to check your birdseed most include suet which is animal fat.

  3. Tab says

    I will definately be doing the bird seed project- it’s brilliant. We have threaded cheerios through pipe cleaners and made bird feeder garlands, and we make plastic bird feeders but we always fill one with short strands rather than food so we can attract birds to use it to nest in our yard.

    We make a simular gummy treat by cooking berries until very liquidy and then slowly adding gelatin. Run through the blender because it may be a bit lumpy, pour into molds or set for 20-30 min on a cookie sheet then cut into cubes.

  4. Laura says

    I wan to make this but cannot get the recipe off the link you included. Can you send the recipe to me?

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  1. […] Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky! Valentines Day is about 2 weeks away and we have been looking for some fun Valentine's Day activities to do with our kids!  We have found some that look like a lot of fun, and we can't wait to see what you link up too! Crayon Hearts by North Texas Kids,  Festive Placemats by One Artsy Mama,  Free Valentines Preschool Pack by 3 Dinosaurs,  Dot Marker Art by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots,  Fingerprint Frames by Mom on Timeout,  Simple Heart Window Display by Inner Child Fun,  Marbleized Hearts by Cheap Crafty Mama,  Valentine Sensory Bin by Mama Miss,  Candy Heart Matching Game by Mess for Less,  Natural Hearts by No Time for Flashcards […]

  2. […] Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky! Valentines Day is about 2 weeks away and we have been looking for some fun Valentine’s Day activities to do with our kids!  We have found some that look like a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to see what you link up too! Crayon Hearts by North Texas Kids,  Festive Placemats by One Artsy Mama,  Free Valentines Preschool Pack by 3 Dinosaurs,  Dot Marker Art by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots,  Fingerprint Frames by Mom on Timeout,  Simple Heart Window Display by Inner Child Fun,  Marbleized Hearts by Cheap Crafty Mama,  Valentine Sensory Bin by Mama Miss,  Candy Heart Matching Game by Mess for Less,  Natural Hearts by No Time for Flashcards […]

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