This Bakery is for the Birds

We thought the birds could use a little love this time of year, so we made a fresh batch of bird seed cookies! While we were “baking” these, we could hear birds chirping loudly outside our kitchen window. Emily kept telling them to be patient!

First, Emily traced a heart shaped cookie cutter onto corrugated cardboard (in this case, a cut up box from our invention kit).
I cut out the hearts, and poked a hole into them to thread through some red ribbon. Then, Emily spread a layer of vegetable shortening onto the cardboard, just like you would spread butter onto toast. I think this was her favorite part! You can substitute lard for this, but don’t use products that contain salt, as it is bad for birds.
Next, time to sprinkle the cookies with bird seed!
We used the back of the spoon to smooch the bird seed into the shortening really well.
Delivery time!
To identify some of your “customers”, you might want to try making your own inexpensive bird field guide for tots. Some other ways we’ve spoiled the birds include these bird feeders made from recyclables, and this bird watching kit. So much fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Thank you for not using my lard.


  2. This is a great project. We like to feed the birds too!

  3. What a great project. Have you thought of using peanut butter? I've heard they really like that.

  4. very great idea! I love it!

  5. Another great idea! I esp. love the heart shape.

  6. EntertainingMom says

    I am about to post another idea for a home made bird feeder! Great minds think alike!

  7. The Domestic Contessa says

    Another fabulous craft idea – thanks so much!

  8. Stacy of KSW says

    I can't wait to check my reader each day to see what you & Emily are doing. You guys are such an inspiring team! Sure wish y'all lived nearby, I know my little ones would love hangin out with y'all (and so would I!!)

  9. Mom and Kiddo says

    I love that they are hearts! Last year only one fat squirrel visited our homemade birdfeeder.

  10. That's so neat!! I think I'll try that.

  11. Hi Valerie

    These are such sweet treats for the birds and I love that photo of Emily delivering your creations.

  12. Sew Impatient says

    I stumbled across your blog today.
    I love it! Such wonderful, creative ideas!
    And your girls are so cute! They seem to really enjoy making lots of cool things. I'm going to have to use some of these ideas in my Sunday school class.

  13. @ Ivy — We've used peanut butter on pine cones before, and it does work well. However, I tend to be really stingy with the peanut butter around here! It's much easier to part with the shortening. 😉

    @ EntertainingMom — Oooo… I can't wait to see! Great minds, indeed!

    @ Stacy — Awww.. that is so sweet! That would be lots of fun, wouldn't it?

  14. @ Mom and Kiddo — We have a couple of fat squirrels running around our yard too. My parents have their bird feeder on a poll and every once in awhile my dad goes over and greases it up with vasseline. That seems to work pretty well! It doesn't really matter to us who's eating it, since Emily thinks it's hilarious to watch the squirrels stuff their cheeks like that.

  15. @ Sew Impatient — Welcome! So nice to meet you here, and please let us know if you use any activities from here for your Sunday school. I love hearing about things like that! Really makes my day!

  16. That is a great project..both of my kids would love it.


  17. Nice what you are doing… i will try it with my daughter

  18. Biancifiore says

    what a beautiful idea! I hope I remember it when Chiara will be grow up enough. We leave in apartment but we have a little park not far. above all we dream we will live in the country someday!

  19. Biancifiore says

    … ehm … "we LIVE in apartment" … pardon!

  20. Awww, these look so cute!

  21. That's pretty cool. I've been thinking about making a bird feeder from a recyclable… but, you know me, just thinking. 🙂 So, are we gonna see pictures of the birds eating?

  22. Jennifer@sissyandsassy says

    So cute…and appropriate for many ages. Love it!

  23. @ Biancifiore — No need to apologize, I understood what you meant! So nice to see you here again!

    @ Holly & Jennifer — I totally agree, and I WISH Clara had been awake while this was going on so she could have joined in the fun too. All that napping means she misses out on some of the best projects!

  24. I love this idea!!!
    I am wondering if I coul do some without having so much green around me… maybe I can try and see what happens.

  25. crowjoy, mander, bullfrog and droopy drawers says

    The bullfrog made stars and we hung them under the cover of our eaves, with white twinkle lights. Pretty and fun, plus now we're all decorated for winter holidays. 🙂 Thanks!!

  26. Great idea!! I think my little guy will enjoy making these. Thank you!!

  27. What a pretty way to feed the birds.

  28. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    Linked. :>)

  29. your husbands comment cracked me up!