Snow days; they’re either loved or loathed. Me, I love the snow, but I also know how cold those little hands can get after 5 minutes of snowman building and snowball fights. These DIY bird feeders are easy to make indoors and can also be enjoyed through the window, by both little and big ones. What’s more, birds can struggle to find food in extreme weather when, in fact, they need all the extra energy they can get.

You will need:

  • Mixed bird seed
  • Dried berries, such as cranberries, sultanas or raisins
  • Gelatine
  • Twine or string
  • A silicone donut mould or muffin cases

Mix half a cup of gelatine with half a cup of warm water and pour into a bowl. Add 200 grams of mixed birdseed and stir together. This bit can get pretty messy, so maybe don’t skip the apron like we did. Spoon the mixture into the silicone donut mould or muffin cases. Donut moulds work particularly well, because you can easily thread some twine through the hole and hang them from a tree or bird table.

Compact the mixture into the moulds or cases and pop in the fridge to set for a couple of hours. Once they’ve set, pop them out of the moulds and help your little one to tie the twine through the hole. You can then find the perfect spot in the garden to hang them, for both the birds and your children to enjoy!

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Mum to 4-year-old, Indie, Jen loves nothing more than hiking, playing netball or tennis, preparing activities for Indie and making cocktails.

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