birdseed ornament newHomemade birdseed ornaments are an easy way to make your own knockoff version of the store bought Bird Bells.  Your birdseed ornaments can be small or large depending on the type of mold you use.  I used a cupcake pan to make mine, but any container would work.  If your birdseed ornaments get too large, however, they will not hang as nicely on your tree branches.

I made my homemade birdseed ornaments on the same day as I made my Homemade Birdola Birdseed Cakes which I wrote about earlier this week. I hung three of these little ornaments on my tree at the same time as I put out two of the Birdseed Cakes.

Now, I really wish I was home during the day to see what the birds and other critters are up to.   {Maybe I should get one of those motion cameras like they use on the Discovery Channel when they’re tracking Bigfoot – hehe}  When I came home from work today and checked my tree, all three birdseed ornaments were gone!  Just three empty little strings were hanging there.  Either these were a super big hit with the birdies or the squirrels made off with them.  Hmmmmm.  And somethings’s been chewing on my birdseed cakes.  Well I suppose squirrels get hungry too.

HOMEMADE BIRDSEED ORNAMENTS

4 cups Birdseed
3/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Hot Water
1 pkg unflavaored gelatin
3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

1.  Mix the birdseed and the flour in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Heat the water in the microwave (you want it hot enough to dissolve the gelatin).

3.  Pour the packet of gelatin into the hot water and stir to dissolve.

4.  Add the 3 tablespoons of corn syrup to the gelatin mixture (I did all this right in the measuring cup)

5.  Pour the gelatin mixture into the bowl of birdseed and flour.

6.  Stir until everything is well mixed.

7.  Scoop some of the birdseed into each section of a cupcake tin. (or whatever you are using for a mold)  Use the handle of a wooden spoon to make a hole in each of the sections.  This will allow you to put a string through the birdseed ornament for hanging.

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments

8. Put in the refrigerator overnight to harden.

9.  Once the birdseed ornaments have hardened, use a spatula to pop them out of the cupcake tin.  Cut a piece of string about 12″ long and thread through the ornament.  Tie the ends of the string in a knot.

10.  Hang from tree branches.

11.  SIT BY WINDOW AND WATCH FOR SQUIRRELS!!

 

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