Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birdseed Valentine Ornament

We have previously made gelatin based bird seed ornaments.  It was a super easy recipe - add 2 packages of Knox gelatin to 1 cup of water, simmer on low in a medium sized pot until the gelatin is dissolved, add 2 cups of birdseed, stir and pour into mold.  Set in fridge for at least 2 hours.

They turned out great!  However, because the gelatin base is so soft the birds {and squirrels} devoured the ornaments within minutes right before our eyes.  While entertaining for the kids, I wanted an ornament that would last a little longer!

So, here is a new recipe that we tried with great results!

Birdseed Ornaments
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons corn syrup
4 cups bird seed
Mix well and set in molds
Dry for 4-6 hours, take out of molds and turn over, dry for another 4-6 hours.

This is a much drier mixture which made it very easy to work with.  I used an old spring form pan with an upside down glass in the center to shape the wreath.

And here is the finished product!
Love it!

We also filled a Valentine mini cake pan.
{we poked holes for the ribbon with a darning needle while it was still wet}

And here is our sweet little Valentine present for the birdies!

This new recipe will be the one we use from now on!

Happy Valentine's Day to our little tweet friends!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I need to make 180 of these for wedding favors. I appreciate your advice to use the recipe with the flour. I plan to make them about 3 weeks prior to the wedding so they will have plenty of time to dry out, but will still be fresh. Great instructions! Thanks! :-)


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