thrifty gifts:: bird seed ornaments (for outdoor use)
My boys spend hours perched in our front window, just watching birds.
They especially love putting out treats for their feathered friends.
It is amazing how quiet and still a three & five year-old can be - completely memorized.
So, for gifts this year we are keeping it simple - giving an experience rather than just more stuff. We are giving the experience of spending a few moments watching nature - a few moments to slow down, and relax.
These molded bird seed ornaments are a lot of fun to make, and very inexpensive. You may already have all the materials you need in your home - we were able to make gifts for all the wonderful friends in our life for around $3.
I found this recipe here, and it worked great!
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed
molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
1: Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
2: Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.
3: Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth.
Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.
4: Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. Then, remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.
5: Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.
6: Package them up!