The girls worked hard on their heart ornaments (so did mommy).
Although, I do like the idea of helping the little chirpers out with some yummy treats in the winter when their food is more scarce.
Makes 6-10 ornaments depending on cookie cutter or pan size.
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 packet of Unflavored Gelatin
- 3 TBS Corn Syrup
- 4 cups Bird Seed (smaller seeds work better)
- A Drinking Straw
- Parchment Paper or Wax Paper
- Cookie Cutters or Mini Pans
- Cooking Spray
- Seeds, nuts, raisins, etc. to decorate your ornaments
2. Lay parchment paper or wax paper down to create a work area.
3. Spray the insides of your cookie cutters or your mini pans with cooking spray.
4. Pack the bird seed mixture into the cookie cutters/mini pans. Pack them tight!
5. *If you are using separate mini pans (like I did), you can right away take the bird seed ornaments out by carefully and gently flipping the pan upside down into the palm of your other hand. Then gently lay them on the paper. Reshape slightly if needed.
*If you are using cookie cutters, you may need to let the mixture dry 2-4 hours before you push the ornaments through them. You'll have to feel it out.
6. However, no matter what you're using to shape the ornaments, you'll need to immediately poke holes at the top of your ornaments with a straw. This is so you can hang them later on. Move the straw around to make sure you create a big enough hole and make sure you go all the way though the ornament.
7. Let the ornaments set up and dry. It's best to let them set up for 24 hours, but we just let ours set up overnight (it ended up being around 15 hours before we decorated them).
8. Use string or ribbon and thread it through your ornament holes.
9. To decorate, spread nut butter on top of the ornaments and then press in your seeds, nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.
10. Hang them outside and listen for the tweets!