My own mom is gone, but we still celebrate Mother’s Day with my Mother-In-Law. In addition, this year my dad’s girlfriend joined our family meal. So I wanted to have a small gift–just a token–for both of them. And I wanted it to be made by my children.
Unfortunately, most gifts made by children turn out to be… useless crap.
However, I did find a simple homemade birdfeeder idea on Pinterest. It turned out awesome, especially since my Mother-In-Law loves birds and my dad’s girlfriend has trees in her “city” yard. I used the recipe I found here, with slight modifications.
First, I dissolved four packets of Knox gelatin in a cup of water. Then I stirred it into 3 cups of birdseed.
We laid cookie cutters on a sheet of waxed paper, then pressed the birdseed into the shapes until the cutters were about halfway filled. I placed a loop of string with a knot tied into it on top of the seeds.
Then we filled the rest of the cookie cutter with birdseed, packing it down firmly.
I suggest letting it dry overnight, at least. The ones we tried to handle too soon fell apart. Overnight–at least 10 hours or so–seems to give the gelatin time to completely set.
After they’re dry, gently remove them from the mold (pressing them out with your fingers). That’s it! A simple birdfeeder gift that even a toddler can make (with a little help). Even better, it’s consumable (by birds). So Grandma or Aunt Jane won’t feel obligated to use it or display it every time your child visits. They can simply say, “The birds ate it up!”