October 26, 2014

Winter Birdseed Ornaments

by Contributing Writer, Tonya Ferguson

We live where  it gets pretty cold and miserable this time of year.  And of course, we feel so sorry for our furry and feathered outdoor friends!  

Ducks and Chickens

 A few weeks ago, when temperatures dipped to -6 with windchill, we built the cats a fire in our outbuilding’s wood stove, and brought our Australian Shepherd in the house for the first time ever.

 Brrrrr!  

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The kids didn’t want to leave out the birds and the squirrels, but I insisted that they would be JUST fine outdoors.  :)  We did however, give them some extra yummy treats too!

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In addition to their usual fare, we made some Birdseed Ornaments to hang on our evergreen tree out front.

4 big helpers

Our first batch was a total flop, but only because Mommy didn’t read all the instructions before starting. Oops!  Our second batch turned out much better.  Here is the recipe:

How to Make Birdseed Ornaments

birdseed ornaments

Things You’ll Need:
  •  3 cups birdseed
  •  4 envelopes (¼-oz. each) unflavored gelatin
  •  4 inch or larger Cookie cutters
  •  Nonstick baking sheet
  •  Vegetable oil baking spray
  •  Wax paper
  •  Jute or Decorative ribbon
Instructions:
Cut and knot your jute or decorative ribbon into 6 inch loops.  Set aside.
jute
Line your baking sheet with wax paper.  Spray the inside surface of cookie cutters with a vegetable oil baking spray.  Space cookie cutters evenly on wax paper.
 
In a large bowl, combine 3 cups birdseed with four ¼-oz. packages unflavored gelatin.  Add 4 tbsp. water to the birdseed mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined. Work hard to be sure that the gelatin is evenly dispersed in the mixture.  Hold your nose, this part is stinky!!!! :)
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    Spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters, filling half way.  Carefully place the knotted jute in the center, making sure the top of the loop is where you will want to hang the ornament from later.

    Fill cookie cutters to the top edge, then press firmly, covering the string and filling the cookie cutter completely.  {String is not pictured below, because I told you I didn’t read all the instructions!!!!}

    Be careful to press the mixture into all the corners of the cookie cutter shape.

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    Allow the birdseed ornaments to dry for one hour before sprinkling each birdseed filled cookie cutter evenly with 3-4 tsp. water.

    Bake the ornaments at 250° for about 1 hour, or until the ornaments are very hard and dry.  Allow each ornament to cool before CAREFULLY pressing it out of its cookie cutter.
    Makes approximately 12 birdseed ornaments.
      
     Hang from your tree of choice and watch the birds enjoy their tasty treat!
    Birdseed Ornament
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    Comments

    1. Love Ty’s look compared to Avery’s while sister is stirring. So cute…..I’m sure the birds and little creatures are very appreciative. You are having one dooszy of a winter….But Spring follows. Lots for us to learn in this season of being stuck in. Love you!

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