11 Jan 2011
Feeding the Birds: Part One - Molded Birdseed Ornaments
by Amber Reddinger
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tbsp. corn syrup
4 cups birdseed Molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
Parchment paper (or waxed paper) lined cookie sheet (or other flat surface)
Nonstick cooking spray
Twine or yarn
Combine flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Add the birdseed and stir until well coated.
Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray (I was out, so I greased mine with shortening), and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Pack it down, and make the top as smooth as possible.
Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a short piece of a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through. Leave the straw pieces in.
Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds, laying flat for an hour. At this point, I turned mine so they were standing up on their sides, so both sides of the ornaments could dry more thoroughly, and left them that way for another hour. Obviously you can't do this if you use something like muffin tins for your molds, so just let yours stay flat for the full two hours.
Remove the straws and gently pop your ornaments out (GENTLY!) onto the parchment paper. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight. (Ours dried overnight because we ran out of daylight for hanging them.) Cut your twine or yarn and carefully put it through the hole. (I used a darning needle for mine.) Hang and enjoy!
Next Up: Part Two - Stuffed Pinecones.