Let me start by saying that this would have been a great post to have step-by-step tutorial photos. But if you have been with me at all through this 105 day journey so far you will know that photos are NOT my forte. I am not good at taking photos. Which means that of course when I need them the most the photos are fuzzy.
We made really neat leaf ornament bird feeders today out of stale while bread, peanut butter, bird seed and yarn.
I started with the bread a few days ago. Sam and I used cookie cutters to make the leaf shapes out of the white bread. It was harder than I thought to cut the shapes out of the bread.
We let the bread cut outs sit in open air for almost two days getting stale and hard. *This is where I made a big mistake. The leaves are suppose to have a small hole in them so that they can be hung up easily, just like an ornament. We should have punched a hole in the leaves before they got too hard. Once they were hard punching the hole was difficult without cracking the whole leaf or breaking off the small part of the leaf where the hole was punched.
But Pawpaw with a sharpened pencil drilled successful holes in almost all of the leaves.
And Grandma helped Sam with spreading the peanut butter on the leaves. They spread peanut butter on one side and then covered that side in bird seeds. Making sure to pat down the seeds into the peanut butter.
Both sides of the leaves were covered in peanut butter and then seeds.
We made six ornaments and then headed outside to hang them up.
The hanging was quite amusing and we all determined that an evergreen tree or bush with lower, stronger branches would be a much better choice of tree!
The Nitty Gritty!
So, if you try these make sure you poke a hole before the bread dries and I would still make the hole somewhat in the middle of the shape, not at the top, because they are pretty fragile when they dry out.
We used a smaller, mixed kind of bird seed instead of sunflower seeds. This worked pretty well because we could get a lot of it stuck to the ornaments.
These will not hold up in bad weather. If you make these be sure to check the weather to make sure you don't hang them up and then have it rain that night or the next day.
Sam and I have made a lot of bird feeders in the last 105 days. We love watching the birds and making feeders draws them to our yard, making it easier to watch them. But what I realized today is that I have never really talked to Sam about why we make these feeders; we enjoy watching the birds with talking about where they would be if they weren't in our yard. I need to have more conversations with Sam about the activities that we are doing and WHY we are doing them.
I have been good about doing the activities but need to start doing better at teaching my daughter.