Birdseed Christmas ornaments are easy to make and fun to give as gifts to nature-loving friends and family. These can go on the Christmas tree or straight into the yard as a seasonal treat for feathered visitors. The ornaments take 30 to 45 minutes to construct, plus an hour drying time and an hour in the oven. No special skills or talents are required; all materials are nontoxic and cleanup is quick with just soap and water, making this a child-friendly craft.
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Things you need
- 3 cups birdseed
- 4 envelopes (¼-oz.) unflavored gelatin
- Cookie cutters
- Non-stick baking tray
- Vegetable oil baking spray
- Waxed paper
- 24-gauge craft wire
- Decorative ribbon
Line a non-stick baking tray with waxed paper.
Spray the inside surface of cookie cutters with vegetable oil baking spray, and place them on the baking tray, spacing them evenly.
Cut a 2-foot length of craft wire for each cookie cutter.
Crunch the craft wire into a loose ball, leaving approximately 3 inches of straight wire. Shape the wire balls so they fit inside the cookie cutters.
Arrange a wire inside of each cookie cutter so the straight end pokes up over the top edge of the cookie cutter.
Combine 3 cups birdseed with four ¼-oz. packages unflavored gelatin in a mixing bowl.
Add 4 tbsp water to the birdseed mixture, and stir until thoroughly combined. Be sure that the gelatin is evenly dispersed in the mixture.
Spoon the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters, filling the cookie cutters to the top edge and covering the craft wire completely. Press the mixture into all the corners of the cookie cutter shape.
Allow the birdseed ornaments to dry for one hour.
Gently twist each birdseed ornament to loosen it from the waxed paper. Slide the waxed paper out from under the ornaments, leaving the ornaments on the baking tray.
Sprinkle each birdseed filled cookie cutter evenly with 2 or 3 tsp water.
Bake the ornaments at 250 degree F for one hour or until the ornaments are thoroughly hard and dry. Remove the birdseed ornaments from the oven and allow them to cool.
Press each ornament out of its cookie cutter. Twist the wire on the top of each ornament into a loop. Attach a decorative ribbon to each ornament.
Tips and warnings
- Use birdseed formulated for birds that frequent your region during winter.
- Do not use wire to hang the ornaments directly on the branches of living trees. Thin wire can cut through bark and cause damage to the tree branch; use soft yarn instead.
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