Krafts with Kathy

IMG_20171213_134505Homemade Birdseed Ornaments – December 2017

Ingredients Needed:

  • 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)

Materials Needed:

  • 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)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Tape  (masking or scotch)

Directions:

  1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut straws into 1-2 inch lengths
  3. Heat water, gelatin, and corn syrup together over low heat
    • No need to boil
  4. Mix flour and birdseed together in large bowl
  5. Remove from stove and slowly add birdseed mix to gelatin mixture in cooking pot
    • Stir well
  6. Spray the inside of the cookie cutters with non-stick spray & put back on cookie sheet.
  7. 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.
  8. Leave straw in place.
  9. Press down on the mix making sure there are no air pockets and the seed fills the entire cookie cutter.
  10. Continue filling the other cookie cutters until you run out of birdseed
  11. 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.
  12. Let dry for several hours and then turn over and repeat the drying.
  13. Cut string or twine 12” or so and tape both ends.
  14. Thread both ends through the hole and thread back through the loop formed on the other side of the cookie cutter.  Gently snug it.
  15. Cut the taped ends off and throw away.
  16. Hang from a tree branch and wait for the birds to discover their new treats.
  17. Try to hang the birdseed cake where the birds will have a place to sit while eating and feel protected.

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