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Now most of my gift baskets are food, but I liked to make something extra to stick in them like these bird feeder ornaments. Might as well share the holiday spirit with our feathered friends right? They came out really cute and I packaged them up with the snowman face bread ties I posted yesterday.

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Bird Seed Ornaments (for outdoor use)

(Adapted from Saltwater Kids)


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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.)

nonstick spray

drinking straw

waxed paper



Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.


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Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.


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Spray your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth.


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Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.


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Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours. Then, remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight. Before I removed them from the mold I strung the string through the straw, removed the straw, then removed the mold.


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Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.

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