In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season, I’m taking a little time out for some advent fun. I decorated a tree for the birds with bird seed treats, an easy and fun project that kids would enjoy, along with your feathered friends!
I have to admit the calendar pages are turning faster than I can keep up with and I seem to by flying by the seat of my pants this month :)
I’m nesting by my Potting Shedwith some bird seed treats that I hung on a small potted tree. I added some berries I cut for decoration along with some orange cups, halved and filled with seed.
Bird seed treats are easy to make and mold into just about any shape. I used an assortment of cookie cutters as molds for these treats. The less elaborate and smaller shapes will hold together better and longer, especially if they are attacked by squirrels :)
Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
Assorted cookie cutters/molds
Drinking Straws, cut to size
Mix flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined. Stir in birdseed, coating the seed with the flour mixture.
Spray cookie cutters/molds with nonstick spray. Spoon the birdseed mixture into each mold, making it flat as possible on top, pressing down with the back of a spoon. Using a drinking straw, poke a hole through the center near the top of each birdseed mold, making sure it goes all the way through, leaving the straw in until the mixture is set.
Leave the birdseed mixture inside the molds for 2 – 3 hours. Remove the birdseed mixture from the molds and gently place them upside down on the waxed paper. Allow them to continue to dry overnight.
Using twine or ribbon, carefully thread it through the hole of your treats, tie and hang on a tree branch!