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The birds are in for a treat this winter!
With the Winter coming, it's always good to provide the birds with some extra food. And yes, you could just go to a store and buy some pre-made fatballs, but why not make your own?
And why leave it at that, the birds deserve a treat once in a while, let's make them some cupcakes!

Posted by Saar O. from Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands • Published See Saar O.'s 6 projects »
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  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all we need a lot of cupcake papers, I used these cute small ones (about 5cm or 2inch in width), but the regular sized ones are fine too.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 2
    Step 2

    Then we need bird seeds! I got this 1 kilo bag (2,2 lbs) for about 2 euro's. For about 15 normal sized cupcakes you'll only seed 1/5th of the bag though.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then you need the deep-drying grease. So not the oil!! The stuff that get's solid like butter when it's not heated. I got this 500gram piece. For the 200 grams of bird seed, about 100 grams of this should be enough for the cupcakes, but I melted all and used all of the seeds

    (and used what was left after filling the cupcakes to fill a pot that's also feeding the birds now)

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 4
    Step 4

    While it's melting, slowly add the birdseeds and stir.

    Make sure the grease doesn't get too hot! It should just about melt, and it definitely shouldn't boil!!

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once the mixture is ready, start filling the cups up with a spoon.

    (my kid helped, don't worry, the stuff isn't very hot if you followed my no-boiling rules!)

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 6
    Step 6

    It topped them of with a peanut!

    (my other kid helped)

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 7
    Step 7

    leave them to cool down for a while.
    When the grease has gotten completely solid again, and the cupcakes feel cold, it should all stick together.

  • How to make a bird feeder. Birdy Cupcakes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Leave them outside in your garden or on your balcony. Preferably in a cat-safe place.

    Gently pulling a piece of string or ribbon through with a needle makes them easy to hang up..
    And extra cute!

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