Bird-day Cake: This icy confection is for the birds!


As many of us are trying to keep our sanity during this long  brutal winter, I switched gears and went out to play in the snow!   I had a picture of this project ripped out of a magazine 15 years ago but never never got around to making it.   I guess back then I would have had 3 little guys to build this with me but hélas, they are grown men and the fun was all mine!  I was inspired to finally create this when I was greeted by chirping birds when getting the mail in freezing weather.   My garden has many berry shrubs to provide food for our feathered friends but as we brace for another storm, I thought putting out extra food would be precautionary.

To build, select 3 containers of graduated sizes, with flat bottoms and fill them with water.  Set them outside to freeze.

Image Once frozen, unmold them and set them on either cardboard or a disposable cloth and build your “cake”.  Have fun decorating it with votive candles, small containers to hold additional birdseed and sprinkle birdseed all over the tiers.  Come indoors, make yourself a cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa and watch your feathered friends discover your creation, and put on a show!

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This is a perfect project to make with little ones.  It would be a fun activity for the upcoming Presidents’ Day Weekend, or for a family fun day.   It could also make a whimsical winter birthday present for a bird-loving friend or a zero-calorie birthday cake for waistline-watching gardening friend.  Vary the size to suit your needs or to adapt to your container sizes.

Happy Bird-day!

“I don’t feed the birds because they need me, I feed the birds because I need them.”

Kathi Hutton