Giving Back ~ Birdseed Ornaments

One thing I have been doing for more than half my life is making birdseed ornaments. Over the years I’ve come up with a few different ways of doing this. This is a fun activity to do with children.

By far the simplest was the first one I came across when I was teaching Montessori. It all starts with a pine cone.

Take a length of ribbon or string and wrap it around the stem. Use good quality, non-GMO,  creamy peanut butter and birdseed. Spread the peanut butter around the pine cone and then roll in bird seed.

I found this one on Pinterest. Originally from Birds in Bloom.

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups bird seed

Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil. Mix flour and seed together and then slowly add to gelatin mixture. While cooling, put out parchment paper on our counter, and choose your favorite cookie cutters. Spray those cookie cutters with cooking spray. Next, fill the cutters with the gelatin mixture, pressing in the mixture tightly. Before you remove the ornament, use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole through the ornament (for hanging). Then remove from cookie cutters and let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can attach ribbon or string and hang for the birds!