Birdseed ornaments are a fun and easy project for the whole family – and the great outdoors! You can use them on your indoor Christmas tree or your outdoors trees. They also make a great gift idea. The following birdseed ornament recipe does not contain any peanut butter or other key allergens.
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup flour (any type)
- 3 Tbsp. corn syrup (or other sweet syrup)
- 1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups birdseed
For the birdseed portion, you can mix in sunflower seeds or white proso millet, both adored by birds. Be sure to check the birdseed for nuts and nut byproducts. Measure each ingredient and set aside before starting.
Add the water and corn syrup to a nonstick saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and add the gelatin, whisking until dissolved. Do not let the liquid boil down. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the flour. Stir the mixture until there are no large clumps. The mixture should reach the consistency of cake batter. Now mix in the birdseed, blending well so the ornaments don’t fall apart. Spraying a spatula with the nonstick spray will help during the mixing.
Use Tall Cookie Cutters
Take some cookie cutters, tall ones without a lot of detail, and fill them with the mixture – the thicker the cookie cutter, the better. Press the seed in well. The mixture will dry easily, so work quickly or cover with a sheet of plastic. You may want to spray the cookie cutters and your hands with nonstick spray. Use a skewer or lollipop stick to make holes to eventually hang your ornaments. Put them an inch away from the edge, and be sure the hole is large enough to slip a ribbon through.
Let the Ornaments Dry
You can move the cookie cutter filled with seed to a wire cooling rack to dry. Do not remove the cutter. It will take 6-8 hours for them to dry thoroughly, so leaving them overnight is a good idea. Once they are thoroughly dry, remove the cutter. Put a ribbon or twine through the hole and you’re done!