Birdseed Ornaments

The week before Christmas my boys and I enjoyed making birdseed ornaments to give as gifts. I found the recipe here, but there seem to be several sites with the same recipe.

To make birdseed ornaments we had to gather a few ingredients.

3/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Water
1 Packet Unflavored Gelatin
3 Tbsp. Corn Syrup
4 Cups Birdseed

We also needed a bowl, spoon or spatula, measuring utensils, cookie cutters, waxed paper, twine or ribbon, a straw (or other utensil to make a hole), and vegetable oil. Optional, but always welcome, cute kids. :-)

We mixed the flour, water, gelatin, corn syrup, and birdseed together in a big bowl.

We used the vegetable oil and a paper towel to wipe the insides of our cookie cutters.  This step made removing the birdseed ornaments easier.

We packed the cookie cutters tightly with the birdseed mixture.  Then we poked a hole near the top with a straw for hanging.

We made Christmas trees, but they were a little bit fussy due to the intricacy of the design.  Wreaths were much easier to make.  I had a large circle cookie cutter that we filled with birdseed.  Then we used a small circle to cut out the middle.

We had to be careful when removing the cookie cutters from the birdseed ornament.  If an ornament messed up we simply put it back and made a new one.  We set the ornaments on waxed paper to dry.

We let our ornaments dry for several hours.  Finally, we added some twine and tied it in a loop so the ornaments could be hung on a tree.

This was a fun project for my boys.  I think we are going to have to make more because we ended up giving all of ours away with the exception of the train that Joseph wanted to make that didn’t end up with a hole for stringing.  The birds didn’t seem to care, though.