Bird Seed Ornaments

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DSC_3934What better way to deal with the harsh temperatures of winter than to make some tasty treats for our flying friends outside. 

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My family found a great recipe online to make bird seed ornaments.  Since we recently celebrated Valentine’s Day, we just had to use heart-shaped molds.  Here are the ingredients we used:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin, such as Knox
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups birdseed

We combined the water and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat, bringing it to a boil and stirring until the syrup dissolved.  Once it boiled, we dropped the heat to a simmer and added the gelatin.  Again, we continued to stir until the gelatin dissolved.  At this point you will want to move quickly to avoid the liquid from setting to soon.  

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We poured the liquid into a mixing bowl and added the flour, stirring until fully incorporated.  Then we added the bird seed and made sure to mix it well.  You will want to make sure all the seed gets covered by the gelatin or you’ll have some sad looking ornaments.  

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We then crammed and pushed the mixture into cookie cutters.  Once we filled the molds, we put holes toward the top of the hearts in order to string them when they dried.  We used a straw to create these holes.  

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Make sure you take time to ponder the mysteries of life.

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After they dried, we tied some decorative ribbon around them to hang them in the backyard.  DSC_3867This also gave Lily some greatly needed practice with tying.

When everything was all said and done, we would definitely recommend this project to anyone.  It’s a great activity to do with the children and to attract some beautiful and bright wildlife to your yard during the dark days of winter.  

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Just don’t let your child eat the birdseed, no matter how delicious it looks!

If you would like more information on the process, this is the website where we found the recipe.