Craft Camp Day Two | Birdhouses + Birdseed Feeders.

One goal when planning crafts for camp is having the girls to do/try/create something they never have before. Building birdhouses would give my little campers the chance to make something from wood and use hammers + nails. They would feel the sense of satisfaction from building something with their own two hands, they would have to work together. 

The key to day two of camp was my dear husband. He stayed up until the wee hours of the morning cutting wood, pre drilling holes, and setting out the pieces of the kits into neat piles on the picnic tables. I'm so lucky to have him.

To create their birdhouses the girls partnered up, held each other's pieces in place and hammered away.

When they finished with the building they got on to feathering their nests with hand drawn rainbows, birds + flowers.

To create the birdseed feeders, we mixed:
3/4 C. flour
1/2 C. water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 TBS corn syrup

We then added 4 C. of birdseed to the mixture and stirred until combined.

Once the ingredients were combined we applied cooking spray to a baking sheet, pressed the birdseed mixture flat on the cookie sheet and began cutting out the hearts with a cookie cutter. We carefully removed the cut hearts and placed them on another baking sheet lined with wax paper. The girls then placed cut straw pieces into the hearts (for the string when hanging) and let them dry in the sun for the afternoon.

This birdseed feeder recipe was shared with me by Lovely Lindsay (did you see the sweet ones she made for a baby shower?) and originally spotted by Lin right here.


  1. I think Lovely Lindsay is right. You did go above and beyond this year! These birdhouses are so great!!

  2. Those short handled hammers are awesome. Is that a garden variety hardware store hammer or a special order piece? I bet they contributed to the safety aspect of the adorable birdhouses.

  3. My boys (2 & 4) made the birdseed feeders today! We have a BBQ/housewarming party this weekend and they will be a great gift for all of our guests!
    Thanks for the idea!

  4. Oh, I love this! I bet those girls did, too.

  5. How wonderful that the girls got to try "real" crafts (and that you have a hubby who's so helpful)! I'm sure they had a real sense of satisfaction with their handiwork!

  6. Did you do all of the photography yourself? If so, I'm impressed that you found time in the midst of craft camp to stand on the table with your camera. :)

  7. These crafts are awesome. You have inspired me to host a small craft camp for my daughter and her friends. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I say this every year, but really, I wish I lived near you. My E would love to hang with your A! Your craft camps are the best.

    p.s. I love Parent Trap too. So much.

  9. Just spent some time going back through a ton of your old posts - I love your blog! I'm a new follower :) You have such creative ideas I found myself wanting to bookmark them all!

  10. Do you have dimensions on the wood for the bird houses. I am in charge of Twilight Camp and would like to do it there. Thanks


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