If you want to have ago of making these or if your kids are driving you stir-crazy I have listed what's required below.
Here it goes...
To start off you will need the following items:
- Bird Seed (you can also use peanuts, raisins, cheese and any other suitable foods for your garden birds)
- Microwavable container
- Cake/Muffin tins or you can use silicone cake moulds
First, you need to melt your lard. I used two packets of 250g of lard and then placed both blocks into a microwavable dish for about 2/4 minutes (until the lard had melted).
I then got my cake moulds and filled them all with bird seed and peanuts to about half way, followed by adding the lard into the mixture then mixing it together.
I was being watch by the greedy one of the two (Archie) I don't know why, the smell of the lard was not particularly nice! (excuse the fetching slipper & Christmas socks!)
Once completed filling up all the moulds, place them into the fridge for about 2 hours to set. I left them in for the rest of the night as it doesn't make any difference.
Once set, they are ready to be taken out and for your birds to enjoy! You can piece a hole then attach some string through them to be hanged, but the bird cakes need to be quite slim to do this otherwise they will fall apart.
I made mine rather chunky as they will be going onto my bird table and ground feeder.
The large Butterfly turned out rather well and didn't fall apart...
I wouldn't recommend the Bear - disaster!
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