Valentine’s Day Crafts – All Natural DIY Gelatin Heart-Shaped Bird Feeder
I have wanted to make an easy bird feeder with my son for ages. However, the problem? All the recipes I knew how to do or did in the past, use peanut butter. My son isn’t allergic, but he is completely repulsed by the smell. So when I found this natural DIY one on Pinterest and saw that it used gelatine, I squealed (yes really) and added gelatine to my grocery list immediately. After making the bird feeders, we had some gelatine left over, so we made some yummy all natural gummy treats too. Two easy heart-shaped Valentine’s Day Crafts made with one box of gelatine, that’s rad!
- We doubled the recipe that Bargain Hoot uses. And instead of cookie cutters, we used a silicon mold.
- They had fun mixing. I had fun vacuuming after they were finished. Trust me! It’s easier to vacuum up the bird seed than sweeping them up. Those little seeds roll and hurt to step on!
- Press the mixture into the mold. We filled it halfway, popped our string in, then filled in the rest of the mold.
- A few hours later – voila!
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.
Gelatin Heart Jellies
After we hung those up, we noticed a recipe on the back of the Knox Gelatine 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.
- Gather your materials. You will need two envelopes of gelatine, 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 saucepan, casserole dish (ours is 8x8x2), a spoon and a big bowl for mixing.
- Pour the cold juice into the bowl and drizzle the gelatin on.
- Boil the other juice.
- Pour into the bowl and mix. I add 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 the gelatin cool for 2-3 hours.
- Using the cookie cutter make heart shapes.
- 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 works, though. I plan to hit up the natural market for some pomegranate juice before Valentine’s Day.
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