How I made Heart Shaped Bird feeders for Valentines

When Valentine's day is full of hearts, I thought it would be nice to make these themed bird feeders to complement the day.
How I made heart shaped bird feeders for Valentine's Day
Last week I wrote how I'd made bird feeder teacups.  Well, as I had some lard and seed left over I thought it would be nice to make heart-shaped feeders to compliment Valentine's day.

I am yet to master this!

I'm secretly pleased Valentine's day is one day, as I don't think I'll be making these again any time soon, well, not until I master the cutting out.

Materials needed to make heart shaped bird feeders

As with the teacups, I used lard, bird seed and heart shaped cutters.  I think these may have been cookie cutters.  I'm wondering if metal cutters would work better?

I placed a baking sheet on a tray and then each of the hearts spread out on it.  This I believed would help with getting the hearts off the sheet once set in the fridge.

Setting out heart shaped cookie cutters for bird feeders

I spooned the mix into each of the hearts, in hindsight, I should have left the two smallest hearts alone!  I placed a paper straw in each heart so there was a big enough hole to hang tweed/string once the hearts were set.

This is a messy greasy craft.  You have been warned.

I left the hearts in the fridge for two days, not deliberately, I got sidetracked with other projects and forgot about them!

Once out the fridge the hard part was prizing these hearts out of their holders AND keeping their shape.  As you can see from the photo above some of the lard had oozed out of the bottom of the cutters.  So, like I said messy craft!

I ran a knife around the edge of the shapes and gently pushed the heart out the bottom.  This seemed to work well for the three bigger shapes.  We don't talk about the two small ones.

Heart Shaped Bird Feeders

I think they've turned out OK.  You can quite clearly see the shape is a heart so for me, that's mission accomplished.

I've put them in the trees and they actually look quite eye-catching against the greenery, and now I see them, I may just try some more!

If anyone has any tips on how to ease these hearts out of the cutters without them losing shape or getting mashed I'd love to hear them.

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