How to Make Birdseed Ornaments

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Birdseed Ornaments

After seeing how much birdseed ornaments cost at Red Envelope, I decided that we would make our own! It turns out that it is not very hard at all. These are great little outdoor decorations and make cute present toppers. This is also an idea for Heartfelt Holidays and homemade gifts!

Birdseed Ornaments

4 Cups Birdseed
3/4 Cup Flour
3 Tablespoons Corn Syrup
1/2 Cup Hot Water
1 Envelope Knox Gelatin
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Cookie Cutters
Wax Paper
Twine

birdseed flour mixture

In a large bowl mix birdseed with flour. In a separate bowl add Knox gelatin to hot water. Wisk until Knox is dissolved. Add corn syrup to the Knox mixture. Pour the Knox mixture over the birdseed mixture and stir until moistened.

Birdseed glue

Place wax paper on a cookie sheet. Spray the cookie cutters with non-stick cooking spray. Use a spoon to pack birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters. If you want to add twine hangers, place a small amount of birdseed in the cookie cutter and then add twine. Continue to fill the cookie cutter with birdseed mixture over top of the twine. If you want to add the twine hanger later, just use a pencil to make a hole in the ornament to hang by.

Let the birdseed mixture set in the cookie cutters for 2 hours. Carefully remove cookie cutters and let birdseed ornaments dry on wax paper for 1-2 days.

birdseed ornaments

An alternative would be to use a muffin tin. I would suggest only filling the muffin cup about halfway though. I filled it all of the way up the first time and the ornaments are pretty heavy.

 

birdseed ornament

We decorated a Christmas tree that we have sitting on our deck. The boys had fun placing the homemade ornaments on the tree!



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Comments

  1. These ornaments turned out beautiful! So glad that your boys enjoyed making them! It’s our turn to try…….looking forward to a fun filled weekend making them this December!

  2. These are so rustic and lovely. I bet they are fun to make too. Might just have to add to the list of handmade ornaments to try. Great job.

  3. I would love for you to stop by and link up your ornaments to my 25 Days of Christmas Ornaments linky party.
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/11/25-days-of-christmas-ornaments-linky.html
    Thanks,
    Julie
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  4. Are these edible for the outside birds once made?

  5. Anyone know about how many ornaments does a batch make?

  6. Great job, the ornaments look great. I wish I could see your tree setting on your porch. I bet the boys had fun.

  7. What size (weight) envelope did you use for gelatin?

  8. When stored for a length of time (I’d like to make these for wedding favors), is there any problem with them growing mold?

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