For the Birds: A Bird Seed Treat!
Updated: Apr 10
We like to make Christmas gifts for our neighbors. A few years ago, we made these edible birdhouses, and they were so much fun to make and give! I like this as a gift because the recipient can enjoy watching birds and doesn't have to store, eat, or dust the gift.
Ingredients and Supplies:
Bird seed (I used wild mix and black oil sunflower seeds)
Beach towel or surface upon which to work and be able to shake or sweet off
Stirring stick or spoon
Bowls for bird seed
Baby wipes to use while working
Optional supplies (that I doubt the birds like or care about):
Moss for decoration
Cranberries for decoration
Hot glue gun
Gift bags, labels, markers and string (I used bags with a chalk label like this.)
**If you would rather make ornaments simply use cookie cutters, and follow the directions linked below from Birds and Blooms.
(Recipe adapted from Birds and Blooms bird seed ornament recipe.)
How to make the seed paste...
Mix the following in a large bowl or measuring cup, using the directions below, until it is the consistency of paste:
1/2 cup water
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
3 Tablespoons corn syrup
3/4 cup flour
Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil.
Slowly add flour to gelatin mixture.
Our work station looked a little messy, but we had fun:
My son loved covering the bird houses in paste and sprinkling bird seed on the birdhouse. We used black sunflowers for the roof and wild bird seed for the walls.
If you like, add any cranberries to the paste-covered wall or roof while the paste is wet (similar to placing a large piece of candy on a gingerbread house).
After the bird houses dried, we added decorative finishing-touches including some moss.
All packaged and ready to be delivered to friends and neighbors!
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