I’ve been saving this project up since I saw it on Dandee in July! I love it! Super easy, super cute, and with a purpose. We made birdseed ornaments to hang outside last week. Some of them we gave away at Thanksgiving and some of them we’re giving as presents for Christmas. They are easy, and cute. They would also be awesome to make if you were going to do some tree decorating outside a la The Night Tree by Eve Bunting (a FABULOUS Christmas book if anyone is interested).
The afternoon that we made these was dark as night despite the 3:00 pm time, so I apologize for the dark pictures. I actually waited until we went to Central Oregon to take the above picture because I knew that we would have better weather than anything I was going to get at home.
The recipe for these is super easy. The kids pretty much did all of it except for a few stirs by me to get the very bottom mixed in.
We mixed together:
3/4 C. flour
1/2 C. water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 TBS corn syrup
(This makes a really, quite incredible glue. I’ve been considering how to use it for other applications ever since.)
Then we added 4 C. of bird seed. I just got mine in bulk at Winco (really, it was the leftover birdseed from this project this summer).
Once that was mixed into the “glue,” we used our hands and spoons to place the birdseed into cookie cutters, filling them to the top, then pressing them down to get rid of any air holes. Then we carefully push the birdseed down and pulled the cookie cutter up. The birdseed at this point was super-duper sticky. Drew (my nephew) refused to continue because it was too “dirty.” I had to bring out a bowl of water to rinse hands off when they got caked. We also found that if we rinsed the cutters between uses the birdseed cane out a lot easier. We placed them on silpat sheets as we worked and then added cut straws to each to make a hole in them for the twine.
We let them dry overnight and they ended up being impressively hard. One batch of birdseed mix made about fifteen ornaments for us. We tied twine on each one (because that’s what we had on hand), but raffia would also be pretty, I think. Then we hung them up for our birdie friends during our Thanksgiving feast at Grandma’s.