This "valentine" is a simply way to show our kids that we need to love all living things (and not all hearts are made of chocolate!).
1½ cups birdseed
2 small packets gelatin
½ cup water
String (about 3- to 4-inch pieces)
Heart-shaped molds (silicone molds,
baking trays, cookie cutters)
*(makes about six birdseed hearts)
Mix the gelatin and water. Simmer until the gelatin dissolves.
Allow the mixture to cool. Add 1-1/2 cups birdseed and mix well.
The mixture should be pretty thick and very sticky. Add a little
bit more birdseed if necessary to reach the right consistency.
A silicone mold will work best for this project because you
will be able to easily pop the hearts out when they are dry, but
any heart-shaped vessel will get the job done. Fill your
heart-shaped mold halfway with the birdseed mixture. You can also
use heart-shaped cookie cutters placed on a baking sheet if you
don't have a heart-shaped mold.
Tie a piece of string into a loose loop. Position the string
into the top of the mold so that you can use it to hang the
birdseed heart from a tree branch. Fill the mold to the top with
the remaining birdseed. Press down on the birdseed to make sure the
mold is packed tightly and evenly.
Place the mold in the freezer until it hardens. Let the molds
dry out for a few days until they come out of the tray easily.
Hang the heart-shaped bird feeders in your yard as a special
Valentine's Day treat for the birds in your life.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.