Entering Winter - 2014-2015

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Making Gifts for the Birds

These gifts are being presented to people . . .
but you might say,
"They're for the birds!"

And you'd be right.

:-)

Gingerbread (house recipe) bases


One layer finished on one feeder...

Melted lard and peanut butter (making a suet base)

Four feeders each have one layer . . .

Gotta have some house shapes . . .

Second layer and trimmings



A drizzle of additional suet,

and they're ready to be lightly wrapped in parchment paper
and placed in gift bags.

It's a little messy, but it was fun.
:-)

17 comments:

Darla said...

How neat!

Rosemary said...

Shady, What a unique idea. These are fantastic. How creative you are. Lucky birds in your neighbourhood. Know anyof your friends would be delighted to recieve these as gifts...

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Those are so cute! The bases are from a gingerbread house recipe? How did you get the holes in them? I'd have them breaking apart.

Shady Gardener said...

Hello friends! I'm going to have to make a few more so I can have one, too! ;-)

Sue - I used my power drill (very lightly) to make the holes. lol. And the word verification: divit! :-)

Rosey said...

These are very creative and cute! I love a good messy project. Maybe I will try this!

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Patsi said...

Love it ,love it,love it !!!!
Never seen gifts for bird lovers.
Way too special.

Randy Emmitt said...

Shady,

Very cool! The birds would love these! Our birds are very busy at the feeders these days.

Rose said...

These are so cute, Shady! Last year I made some pinecones rolled in peanut butter/suet and covered with birdseed, but I really like these. I've been looking for a project to do with the grandkids--they love anything messy:) I wonder if there's some way to make the holes as they bake?

CanadianGardenJoy said...

This is perfect : ) and the birds will absolutely love them too ! All round winner type of gift girl !
Joy : )

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Rosey, I thought I left you a comment here last night. Oh, well. I'll try again. Glad you liked the project! Thanks for the link. :-)

Hi Patsi - They're not hard to make. You'll have to try it.

Randy, our birds are plentiful right now, too. :-) They say if you start the feeders early, the birds will find their feeding pattern early!

Hi Rose, I've done the pinecone project, too. Also, last year we used tongue depressers smeared with peanut butter and dipped in birdseed. (Depressers were pre-drilled and twine was threaded through before "decorating.")

CGJ, Thanks! I've given a couple away already. (Now I need to make a couple for myself!!) ;-)

troutbirder said...

How sweet and thoughtful for our feathered friends Shady. My contribution is a little more down to prosaic as I've given up buying cheap seed at the big box stores and buy fresher (and a little more expensive) seed at Avian Acres near Laneboro Minn. The difference is truely amazing in how much more attractive it is to the birds.

Shady Gardener said...

Troutbirder, For these little hangers, I purchased a little cheaper seed (from the fresh bins in baggies).

Good seed certainly makes a difference and it also is better for the birds! Way to go, Troutbirder and Mrs T. :-)

Grace Peterson said...

Great idea SG. I predict there's some happy birds in your neck of the woods.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Grace, I'd like to think so! ;-) thanks for your visit.

La Tea Dah said...

Oh, oh, oh....lovely!

Shady Gardener said...

LTD, Thanks :-)

Shady Gardener said...

LTD, Thanks :-)