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Bird Seed Ornaments


How to make bird seed ornaments to feed the birds this winter

Feed the birds in a festive way this holiday season by making ornament shaped bird treats. It's very easy to do and an inexpensive way to help support nature. If you haven't read my articles on "Attracting Birds to Your Landscape" and my Bird Tips on their Food, Feeders and Feeder Placement, you might want to check those out.

Bird Seed Ornaments

Yields 8-10 ornaments, depending on size of cookie cutter.

Ingredients

Other Things You'll Need

Directions

  1. To save some time later, cut about eight 10" pieces of twine and tie into a loop.
  2. Spray inside the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray and place them on waxed paper on top of a cookie sheet. Set aside.
  3. In a large non-stick pan, bring water and corn syrup or agave nectar to a gentle boil. You may not want to use your best pan as there may be stones or sticks mixed in with the bird seed that could damage it, although I didn't have this problem.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin to dissolve.
  5. Bird Seed Ornaments Step 1Gradually whisk flour into water mixture. If the paste is thicker than a thick brownie batter, slowly add in a little hot water until you get to the right consistency.
  6. Quickly stir in bird seed and mix well until all the "glue" is evenly distributed among the seeds.
  7. Bird Seed Ornament MixtureWhile mixture is still warm, fill a cookie cutter halfway with the mixture, pressing firmly. Use the spoon handle to help press the seed mixture into the corners of the cookie cutter shapes, if needed. Lay the knotted end of a piece of twine at the top of the cookie cutter to create a loop for hanging and finish filling the cookie cutter with the seed mixture. Again, it's important to press the mixture firmly to create a hard block of seed. I've found the simpler the pattern of the cookie cutter, the easier it is.
  8. Bird Seed OrnamentsAllow the mixture to cool and harden for about 3 hours. I sat the ornaments in front of a fan to help quicken the process.
  9. After a few hours, push the ornaments out of the cookie cutters. If they fall apart, you either didn't wait long enough to harden or you more likely didn't press the mixture into the molds firmly enough.
  10. Put the ornaments on a wire rack to finish drying for at least 24 hours. Using a fan will quicken the process.
  11. Now the ornaments are ready to hang outside for the birds to enjoy.

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