Heart Shaped Bird Seed Favors make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day parties for many reasons. One, they are unique and not candy. I am sure the students will get plenty of candy. They are also a good choice for those who have allergies. Finally, they are great for teaching our children about nature and birds.
My daughter got in on the messy fun to help me make the heart shaped party favors. Notice I said “messy!” I won’t lie this activity gets VERY messy. I had to vacuum up random bird seeds afterwards, but it was worth it to see the end result. Getting messy means having fun!
How to make Heart Shaped Bird Seed Favors
3 cups of bird seeds
4 tbsp corn syrup
2 envelopes of unflavored Knox gelatin
1/2 cup of water
3/4 cup of flour
Heart shaped cookie cutters
Parchment paper or wax paper
Mix all ingredients except the bird seed in a large bowl. Mix well.
Add bird seed and mix until you get a sticky consistent mixture evenly.
Next, spray the inside of the heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray.
Place wax paper on cookie sheet.
Pack the inside of the cookie cutter with the bird feed mixture on top of the cookie sheet. Use the top of a measuring cup to flatten the mixture. This is also when my daughter helped me the most.
Slide the cookie cutter off the heart shaped bird feeder. It should glide off thanks to the cooking spray.
Repeat steps to make more hearts.
Let them stand and dry for at least 3 hours or overnight to be safe.
Once dry, cut twine and tie through the hole. Don’t worry if your hole did not go all the way through. You can use the straw again to push it through.
We had to keep one for ourselves to hang on our tiny little tree. I hope the birds love it!
Feel free to make the heart shaped bird seed favors for anytime of the year. We could always use more love in this world and the birds will definitely thank you for it!