Guest Post – Homemade bird seed cakes

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While I am swanning off on a much needed holiday to Butlin’s I have a lovely guest post for you.
Today’s post is a wonderful craft post by Jennifer.  Jennifer is a mum to two children, Harry (4) and Mia (20 months).  A new stay-at-home-mum, she blogs about parenting, crafts and travel over at Jennifer’s Little World – she also needs congratulating hugely for climbing Mount Snowdon on Saturday along with #TeamHonk.  Well done Jeniffer a massive achievement, one I know I know I couldn’t have done.
This is a great little project which can involve the children too and teach them about wildlife in their own gardens.


Homemade bird seed cakes for the garden

It’s really easy to make bird seed cakes to hang up in
the garden. It’s also a really fun and educational activity to do with young
children. It’s very easy, and allows plenty of opportunity for discussion about
what birds eat and why they especially need extra food in the winter. Hopefully
you will also be able to observe some birds actually eating your cakes
too!

All you need to make the basic bird seed cakes is some
bird seed (I bought a big bag from the garden centre), some lard, suitable
containers and some string. After experimenting with several different
containers I have had a lot of success with silicone cupcake cases. They are
small, which means that the ingredients hold together nicely, and then the cakes
are very easy to pop out.

First you need to melt the lard in a saucepan. I used a
whole 250g packet of lard. Mix it in a large bowl together with enough bird seed
that the seeds are all coated. A ratio of about 1/3 lard to 2/3 seed works well.
If you really want to spoil your birds you can replace some of the seeds with
dried fruit, nuts or grated cheese.

Cut a length of string and place it into the bottom of
each case. Spoon the mixture into the cases, making sure that the string is
surrounded by the mixture. Place them on a tray and then put them into the
fridge for a few hours.
Home made bird seed cakes
When they have cooled, pop them out of the cases. If you
don’t want to hang them up outside all at once it’s a good idea to return the
spare ones to the fridge, as the lard will soften at room
temperature.

Homemade Bird Seed Cakes
 

Find a suitable tree or similar and hang a couple up in
the garden. Experiment with different locations – sometimes it takes birds a
while to find a new source of food and they may be wary of coming too close to a
window or path.

You could also experiment with making bird seed cakes in
different shapes, either with different shaped cake moulds or by using the
mixture to fill cookie cutters before placing in the fridge. Have
fun!

Homemade bird seed cakes

Thanks Jennifer – I will be making these with Emmy very soon.  If you loved this craft post you can find more over on Jennifer’s blog and keep up-to-date with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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