Make Your Own Bird Seed Ornaments

With Christmas, and the Christmas Bird Count fast approaching, what better way to get in the spirit than make our feathered friends some edible ornaments?

Follow this simple recipe, and the steps in the video and you’ll have ornaments hanging outside by tomorrow!

1/2 cup water
3 tbsp corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp (1 packet) gelatin
3/4 cup flour
4 cups bird seed (any type you want)

Boil the water and corn syrup in a saucepan. Reduce heat and add the gelatin; stirring until it dissolves. In a mixing bowl, add flour and then bird seed to the mixture. Grease your favourite cookie cutters and your hands and press the mixture firmly into the shapes. Use a skewer to poke holes in the ornaments while still in the cookie cutters. Remove from the cutters, and place in the freezer overnight. Use twine or string* to make hangers for the ornaments, and hang on your tree for the birds.

*Please don’t use fishing line – this can be hazardous to the birds once the ornament is all eaten. Use twine or yarn, and the birds can use it in their nests in the spring!

Happy birding!