DIY: Easy Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

Everyone knows that in winter, it’s a lot harder for our wildlife to find the food they need. That’s why it’s lovely to give our birds a little helping hand and a free meal.

Cookie cutter bird feeders are really simple to create and make the perfect winter activity to do with children. There’s lots of stirring, spooning, transferring and patting involved to improve those motor skills and teaching children to care for our wildlife and environment is something I am a big fan of.

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 Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

As I said before, it’s really easy to make these cookie cutter bird feeders and they’re great fun to make with children.

Below is the recipe and a few links to products that I have found which will make everything a little easier for you. Please be aware that measurements are only a rough estimate as some bird  feed will require more/less lard.

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Remember when filling up the cookie cutters that you want to aim to have bird seed sitting in lard, rather than a little bit of lard sitting in bird feed.

You Will Need:


Bird Feed

Cookie Cutters

Heat Proof Bowl

Freezer proof tray/chopping board

How To Make Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders:

1. Melt 150g of lard in a saucepan on a medium heat. You don’t need to worry about stirring it, it will all just melt on it’s own.

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Bird Feeders for kids to make using lard at

2. Once melted, pour the lard into a heat proof bowl.

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3. Slowly add 300g of bird feed to the lard. Listen carefully and you will hear some of the seeds popping!

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4. Mix the bird feed and the lard together thoroughly.

Bird Feeders for kids to make at

Bird Feeders for kids to make at

Place your cookie butters on your freezer proof tray/chipping board and spoon in the mixture carefully.

Bird Feeders for kids to make at

Bird Feeders for kids to make at

Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies and pat the bird feed down so it’s all compact. Use a pencil or straw to make a hole!

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5. Place in the freezer for a few hours – this sets the lard again. Make sure the lard has set fully before removing the bird feeders from the cookie cutters.

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Once the lard has set, carefully remove the bird feeders from the cookie cutters and thread some twine or ribbon through the hole you made with the pencil.

Hang up in your trees, on your bird houses, or wherever else your birds like to hang out and wait and watch! If you like this, how about trying out these great Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Whimisical Mumblings blog?

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  1. David
    January 13, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Brilliant idea and a good educational lesson too. Maths, motor skills, the environment, empathy with nature, shopping, getting outdoors, and FUN

  2. January 13, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I love this idea! They look like so much fun to make.

  3. June 30, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    These look fab what a great idea – love these for rainy days!

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      June 30, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you, they’re very fun to make and satisfying to watch when the birds get to them!

  4. January 25, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    What a brilliant idea and such a fun activity to do with the kids! Bet it is so much fun seeing the finished result and the birds visiting.

    • Lukeosaurus And Me
      January 26, 2019 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you, yes it’s definitely a fun one for the kids!

  5. January 27, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    This is such a great idea, super simple to recreate. So good to help the birds out in the winter when food is hard to find.

  6. January 27, 2019 / 6:16 pm

    We’ve been trying to attract more birds to our garden. These sound like a great idea!

  7. January 27, 2019 / 6:51 pm

    These are great, we feed our birds all the time but these look much more fun than our normal bird feed! I love how the kids can get involved too 🙂

  8. January 27, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    What a fab idea and it’s so easy to make this – superb activity for the children.

  9. January 27, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    I love these and would love to make them with my kids, it’s so important to look after the birds at this time of year and these looks really straightforward.

  10. January 28, 2019 / 2:52 pm

    What a great idea, and a fun activity to do with little ones – bet the birds loved it too! x

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