This is a wonderful craft year-round. It’s a little messy, but easily contained and able to be done outdoors with materials that can just be swept into the yard. They make terrific gifts for all ages – who doesn’t love watching birds in their trees?
The recipe below makes enough for about 4 medium cookie-cutter-sized ornaments.
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- 1.5 cups birdseed
- Molds for birdseed: cookie cutters, mason jar lids, jello jiggler molds, mini bundt pans, etc.
- waxed paper
- A baking sheet with raised sides is helpful, but not necessary
- Line work surface with waxed paper. I like to use rimmed baking sheets because they can be moved around easily – these have to dry for 24 hours.
- Spray the molds with nonstick spray.
- Combine gelatin and water in a medium saucepan
- Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, cooking until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat, let sit for one minute, then stir in birdseed. Add more birdseed if there is liquid remaining in the pan.
- Press birdseed mixture into the molds, packing very firmly. Fill about 3/4 up, add the twine at the top, then add the rest of the birdseed. Press as much birdseed as can fit – if these are loose at all, they will fall apart later.
- Use a butter knife to smooth the top surface.
- Allow to dry 12 hours, flip over, then dry 12 more hours.
- Gently remove the ornaments from the molds.
- Hang and enjoy! If you are packing these as gifts, be sure to cushion them well.