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Birdseed Ornaments

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 packets gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups birdseed mix

Instructions

  1. Mix the gelatin with a half cup of cold water until it’s all dissolved.

  2. Add a half cup of boiling water (adult help required) to the bowl, and stir it slowly until its completely dissolved.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and again stir until dissolved. Quick Tip: Spray the tablespoon with a little non-stick spray and the corn syrup will slide right off!

  4. Now mix in the bird seed. Keep mixing until the gelatin and corn syrup mixture evenly coats each seed. Let this rest for a couple of minutes if the mixture seems watery.

  5. Fill the cookie cutters about half way and use a small piece of parchment paper to press the seeds firmly into the mold. Fill the cookie cutter to the top & press again.

  6. To make a hole for your twine, push the straw into the birdseed. Leave plenty of room between the straw and the edge. Press around the straw to ensure the seeds will hold shape around the hole.

  7. Place the cookie cutters in the fridge to set overnight. Once set remove the cookie cutters by gently pushing at the edges until it falls out, taking extra care with detailed cookie cutters.

  8. Pop the straws out & thread the twine.

  9. Your bird feeder is ready to hang outside. You want to make sure you hang it near other branches so the birds have a place to rest while eating!