Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Something a little different...

Morning ladies, I hope you are all doing well.  I'm taking my dad to the hospital today so no work for me.  He's fine, it's just a test to confirm that there is nothing wrong with his digestive system and they really don't think there is.  I'm hoping to get some sewing done this afternoon as the weekend wasn't quite as productive as I'd like.  I did have a lovely day out with friends and all the kids and I did spend some quality bunny time, but not much in the way of sewing got done.

I've been wanting to show you these bird feeders for a while, but wanted to get them packaged up first.  These are presents for my dad and my father-in-law (both of whom love birds in their gardens) and I'll be doing more for Christmas for them, some friends and my brother.



These are very easy to make and only take about 15 minutes, plus drying time.  I think it takes longer to clean the pan out afterwards!



I used this tutorial and all it takes is some gelatine, bird seed and cookies cutters, and a bit of string.  I've made two batches so far.  By the way, readers from Britain - what do we call cookie cutters??  I've become Americanised in my baking vocabulary!

I bought some freezer bags to package them in, but they had writing printed over the front so I added a large label and a piece of patterned paper in the back.  A piece of folded patterned paper stuck over the seal neatens the whole thing up.



I will be making more, I have a big bag of bird feed to use up!

Oh, by the way, I got an email telling me there'd been a new submission to my Learn a New Technique Linky and when I went to check it out, I found there had been 6 new submissions!  Sorry for ignoring you ladies that linked, I just didn't realise.  I'll be doing a feature post very soon.  I WILL encourage the world to spread their crafting horizons!!



8 comments:

Ady said...

Biscuit cutters?? Great idea. I might try this with my kids.

Nancy Lee said...

My cousin in law from Co. Durham calls them biscuit cutters too. I love these. Your packaging is very nice as well. Always something interesting going on at the Apprentice's grotto!

Allie said...

What a darling idea! I think that's brilliant and I love the way you packaged them!

Stitchin' time said...

This is a great gift idea and one that I will try for my parents who also enjoy 'helping' the native birds out a bit.
The receivers will enjoy your artistry but the birds will be more interested in if their favourite seed type is there! Ah well, guess it's good that these can be enjoyed in more than one way :D.
Cheers,
Robyn

Sandra :) said...

Those are cute - a great Christmas gift, and the packaging is adorable :)

Fiona said...

I love those... and will have to make some... .great gift for men... and my hubz loves the birds that visit here...
Hugz

Fiona said...

aaah but wendy, the link for the bird biscuits is not linking... could you resend.. I would love to do these.... thanks...
Hugz

Beth said...

This is a great idea, I'm going to make some with my boys to decorate our outside tree for the birds, thanks for the idea and link :)