Birds celebrate Christmas. I’m sure of it. Well, I’m almost sure of it.
I’ve read many a Children’s book and it seems to me that most of the books include some sort of Christmas celebration taking place in a forest. Animals celebrating the holidays…snowy trees…dancing…festive scarves and hats…Christmas lights…animals. That’s all the proof I need to make these sweet (and tasty – for birds) birdseed Christmas ornaments.
A few years ago we purchased as live Christmas tree, that we then planted in our front yard. In 20 years I imagine it is going to be a GIGANTIC tree, turning our tiny city front lawn into a delightful forest scene. For now, our little outdoor Christmas tree is the perfect spot for our birdseed Christmas ornaments. In the past we have hung out popcorn strands, during the spring we’ve hung nesting supplies for busy nest-building birds and in the winter we have hung many different versions of bird feeders. Yep, we love helping out the little birds who choose to remain in our cold city during the winter months.
This Christmas we decided to help our little buddies ring in the holidays with an ornament laden tree…picture book perfect.
Bird Seed Christmas Ornaments
2 cups water
2 packets gelatine
3 to 4 cups birdseed…make sure it is wild birdseed and appropriate for birds where you live
Christmas cookie cutters
Prepare your cookie cutters for filling. Place the cookie cutters on a parchment lined baking sheet. This amount of birdseed will make at least 12 cookies (depending on the size of your cookie cutters).
Pour the gelatine into a large bowl with the birdseed. Depending on the mix of your birdseed you may need more seed to soak up all the liquid. We needed close to 4 cups of birdseed. Keep adding and stirring the birdseed until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Once the cookie cutters are full of seed, use a toothpick or skewer to poke a hole in the seed. This hole is where you will feed the ribbon to hang the ornament. DON’T FORGET THIS STEP.
Now comes the part that requires patience. Let the cookies air dry overnight. You can flip the cookies over after a few hours. They need a good 8-12 hours to become totally firm.
Gently push the birdseed ornaments out of the cookie cutters. They should slide out pretty easily. Learn from us…our beautiful pointy snowflake didn’t really work out. The birdseed didn’t properly take shape in the pointy parts. Our rounded end snowflakes worked out beautifully. As did our Christmas trees. In other words, pointy ornaments are a challenge for the birdseed.
Once our ornaments were popped out it was time to feed the string through and hang the ornaments in the tree.
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