I’ve been dying to make these cute little bird feeders for ages ever since I first saw them on Pinterest (click here to see all of the beautiful ones that are bouncing around the internet!). Lilly is crazy for birds right now thanks to the movie Rio (it’s a good one, know it?) and Mom Mom’s two birds, Kiwi the cockatiel and Buddy, the caique. I read through just about every recipe available in blog land and they all seemed to be a pretty consistent mixture of gelatin, corn syrup, flour, water, and of course- birdseed.
Use your imagination to insert some plain, unflavored gelatin into that there photo… realized it was missing so Brandon and Grace so kindly stepped out to get us some. I let Lilly pick a bunch of cutters that she liked from my Mom’s stash. Lucky for me she picked a few seasonally appropriate ones like the snowflakes and gingerbread man, but some fall leaves and a spring butterfly snuck in there as well. They’re all pretty cute though so it didn’t matter to me what shapes she wanted to use.
Here’s the run down:
First, pour 4 cups of birdseed into a bowl.
Add 3 tablespoons of corn syrup, 1/2 cup of water, 3/4 cup of flour and 1 packet of gelatin. Mix this up really well so the whole mixture is evenly distributed. This was the most fun for Lilly. She’d stand at the counter mixing anything for hours and hours.
Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray. Put the cookie cutters onto the sheet pan and spray them also. This will make the shapes easier to slide out later.
Use the back of a spoon or a small measuring cup to pack the birdseed tightly into the cookie cutters. You want a really solid even shape when you eventually push the birdseed out of the cutters.
When your mixture is as tightly packed in as you can possibly get it, cut a straw into two inch pieces and insert the pieces into each shape. This will create the hole needed to hang a string through each ornament.
Let this sit out on your counter to dry overnight, if you can. I wasn’t blessed with any extra patience so I only waited about 3 hours or so. When I slid the birdseed out of each cutter, the shapes were definitely still a bit wet and some of them broke apart. Once they were out, I let them sit another few hours, then flipped them over to dry out the other side overnight.
Here’s what we got:
We love how they turned out. Lilly thinks it’s pretty fantastic that we are giving a present to the birds. It’s been so cold and snowy lately so we’ve got pretty good timing!
This whole trip has been filled with nothing but fun. Even Playdough has made a guest appearance.
Ever heard of PISCO? Brother Michael has been mixing my drinks this week… dangerous. This lovely pink drink is dubbed the Chilean Blackout. Don’t worry, I only had one. It’s grape brandy from Chile, mixed with fresh lime juice and pink lemonade.
Lilly’s Grandparents LOVE their handmade tiles! Definitely a huge hit.