When I saw this idea on Pinterest I was so excited! I mean, I have to be honest and say that Valentine’s day in our house has never really been something that has been much celebrated between the kids and us. I wish I had time to cut carrots into hearts for tea, but I cut them first and then forget what I was meant to be doing, only to decide later that I will do it another time. We do the usual heart print patterns, but they are just for us to see and not really something I need to share on the blog – it’s hardly something different that you won’t have all thought of right?
So, back to my bird feeder idea (or rather interest’s bird feeder idea) : this looks so fun and it’s practical too. We made one for my in-laws who have a beautiful garden set in a rural village and the boys love to spot birds there. We also made one for the boy’s godparents who has just bought a new house – we thought it would be a nice touch! Of course, we kept one for our house too and it will be a lovely treat to hang up on Valentine’s Day.
Here is how to make one:
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup bird seed (any garden centre and even some supermarkets will sell this!)
- 1/2 cup lard
- Twine, rope or wire for the hanger – don’t use bright ribbon, as tempting as it is, the birds just won’t come to the feeder if you do!
- A mold, silicone or cookie cutter, either will do
Melt the lard in a saucepan and then transfer to a bowl. Let it cool slightly, until it’s luke warm.
Add 3/4 cup of bird seed and mix very well until seeds are coated. The seeds should be coated but you don’t want lot’s of excess liquid.
Spoon the seeds into your chosen mold to the half way point, pressing down to make sure it is well packed. Lay tied twine/wire/string on top of the pressed seed, and fill up the rest of the way so it’s completely covered. Put it in the freezer for a few minutes so you can unmold the ornament more easily without it crumbling. Keep in the fridge until you are ready to hang on your tree!
Enjoy watching the birds with your kids, it’s a great chance to talk about what birds are out there and for little ones of Toby’s age you can talk about bird colours/noises.