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Kid Craft: Outdoor Bird Seed Ornaments

Course: Kid Craft
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • Straws
  • Wooden skewer
  • Nonstick spray
  • Molds cookie cutters or jar rings
  • Parchment paper
  • String ribbon or twine

Instructions

  • Start by adding water, flour, gelatin and corn syrup into a large bowl. Mix ingredients until evenly combined.
  • Add bird seed to gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin mixture has evenly coated the bird seed. Set aside while you prepare the molds.
  • Line baking sheets or flat surface with parchment paper. This will need to be a surface that allows the ornaments to dry for 24 hours. Spray your molds with nonstick cooking spray. I have used holiday cookie cutters and jar rings. Set the greased molds on the parchment paper. You are now ready to fill.
  • Scoop seed mixture into molds and press in firmly. Repeat until all molds are filled (or until you run out of seed).
  • Next, I take a wooden skewer and create a hole towards the top for a string. Make sure the hole is far enough from the top that it won’t break off when you hang it. Cut your drinking straws into 2 inch pieces. Place the straw in the hole you created on each ornament.
  • Allow ornaments to dry for 24 hours. I found it helpful to flip the ornaments after 12 hours to ensure adequate drying on the bottom.
  • Once the ornaments are dry, remove from the molds and add string. These are great gifts for grandparents, teachers, and neighbors. Better yet, have your kiddos put them on your tree, for your whole family to watch the birds enjoy.

Notes

Tip: Put a sandwich bag on your child’s hands before starting and spray with nonstick cooking spray. This prevents the seed from sticking to their hands.