Homemade Birdseed Ornaments – December 2017
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin (1 envelope of .25 oz. equals 1 skinny Tablespoon)
- 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
- ¾ cup flour
- 4 cups birdseed mix (with or without sunflower seeds)
- Open backed cookie cutters
- Cooking spray (PAM or any other brand will work)
- Parchment paper or waxpaper
- Larger cookie sheet
- Large bowl for mixing birdseed and flour
- Medium to large pot for on top of the stove and a wooden spoon
- Straws (to create hole in ornament)
- Ribbon or twine
- Tape (masking or scotch)
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut straws into 1-2 inch lengths
- Heat water, gelatin, and corn syrup together over low heat
- No need to boil
- Mix flour and birdseed together in large bowl
- Remove from stove and slowly add birdseed mix to gelatin mixture in cooking pot
- Stir well
- Spray the inside of the cookie cutters with non-stick spray & put back on cookie sheet.
- Using a regular teaspoon, spoon birdseed mixture into cookie cutter surrounding the piece of straw.
- Make sure that the bird seed it tight up around the straw.
- Leave straw in place.
- Press down on the mix making sure there are no air pockets and the seed fills the entire cookie cutter.
- Continue filling the other cookie cutters until you run out of birdseed
- As the birdseed mixture sits it will harden and you can gently remove both the cookie cutter and the straw piece after about 5-10 minutes.
- Let dry for several hours and then turn over and repeat the drying.
- Cut string or twine 12” or so and tape both ends.
- Thread both ends through the hole and thread back through the loop formed on the other side of the cookie cutter. Gently snug it.
- Cut the taped ends off and throw away.
- Hang from a tree branch and wait for the birds to discover their new treats.
- Try to hang the birdseed cake where the birds will have a place to sit while eating and feel protected.