Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Birdseed Ornaments

Is Winter still in full swing where you live?  It certainly is here and we can't wait for warmer weather, but until then, why not add a little fun to your barren trees with some birdseed ornaments.  My boys and I had a fun time making these and then hanging them on the trees (in the bitter cold) the next day. 

The recipe we used is the following:

Birdseed Ornaments

3/4 cup flour     
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
nonstick spray
drinking straw
waxed paper

Combine the flour, water, gelatin, and corn syrup in  large bowl, then add the birdseed and mix until well coated.  Spray the molds with nonstick spray and lay them on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet.  Fill the molds  with the birdseed.  Pack it down and level it out as best you can.  Poke a hole in each ornament with a drinking straw.  Allow to dry for 2 to 3 hours.  Carefully unmold the ornaments and lay them down, upside down, on a fresh piece of waxed paper.  Allow to dry overnight.  The next day, thread your ribbon, twine, or string through the hole and tie it off. Then enjoy hanging them on your trees outside and watching the little birds that visit.

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