Bring Birds into Your Yard
Birds are incredibly important to the biodiversity of our ecosystems. By hanging these birdseed ornaments from trees in your yard, not only can you enjoy watching your feathered friends, you’ll also be inviting them to feed on insects, spiders, worms, and even weeds in your landscape.
For this project you’ll need:
About ¾ to 1 cup of birdseed
1 packet (.25 ounce or 7 grams) of gelatin (unflavored)
¼ cup boiling water
Cookie cutters, lightly greased*
Twine and/or ribbon
Parchment or waxed paper
- Combine the gelatin and the water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool for one minute.
- Stir in ¾ cup birdseed, adding extra as needed until all the liquid is absorbed. (You won’t want to add much more than 1 cup, otherwise there won’t be enough “glue” to bind the birdseed once dried.)
- Place the cookie cutters on parchment or waxed paper on a baking sheet.
- Fill each cookie cutter with the birdseed mixture and make a small hole to add ribbon.
- Allow the ornaments to dry for several hours or overnight. Once completely dried, gently press the ornaments out of the cookie cutters. If desired, add a decorative ribbon and hang on a tree branch for the birds to enjoy!
Did you make a birdseed ornament?
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