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Birdseed Ornaments

"We just love watching the birds that live around our apartment. And in winter, we know that there isn’t much food around for them. So we make some ornaments out of birdseed to give our feathery friends a much needed snack in the cold winter."  - Oscar 



WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Unflavored gelatin, 2 packets

  • Boiling water, 1/2 cup

  • Hemp twine

  • Scissors

  • Cookie cutters

  • Birdseed, 2 cups

  • Cookie sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Spoon

Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, here’s how to make your very own holiday treats for wildlife. 

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Empty 2 gelatin packets into bowl.

  2. Pour half cup boiling water into bowl

  3. Stir with spoon until gelatin has dissolved

  4. Pour two cups of birdseed into the bowl, then stir the mixture until the birdseed is well-coated.      

  5. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Then arrange 3–4 cookie cutters on top of the parchment. 

  6. Use a small spoon to scoop the birdseed mixture into the cookie cutters until they are half full.

  7. Place two pieces of untreated hemp twine in the middle of each cookie cutter. 

  8. Fill the cookie cutter the rest of the way with the birdseed mixture. Use a small piece of parchment paper to pack down the birdseed with your hands. The parchment will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands.

  9. Allow the gelatin birdseed ornaments to set and dry for about 24 hours.

  10. When the birdseed is set, gently pop the ornaments out of the cookie cutters, then hang outside! 

  11. You can tie off your strings to bigger branches, or just make loops to place them on smaller trees.

 
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It’s that Easy! Now make some of your own and help your bird friends.

One bag of birdseed goes a long way, so you can do this all winter long. I’m sure the birds will be very thankful.

 

Did you try making these ornaments for your outdoor neighbors?

Send us a picture so we can see what an amazing job you did. Maybe you can even catch an animal eating from one! We’d love to see it. 


You can post your bird pictures to our Facebook feed @OscarandHerman, on Instagram with the hashtag #OscarandHerman, or send us a message right here at OscarandHerman.com (on the home page).


And be sure to watch Episode 10 - The Gift to see Oscar learn all about giving a great gift to everyone he loves.