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DIY Bird Seed Feeders

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Invite birds and other wildlife to dinner with enchanting outdoor displays.

Birdseed Recipe

Step 1: Mix together in one large bowl:

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed

Step 2: Use vegetable oil on a paper towel to coat the insides of the cookie cutters (or use vegetable spray); this will allow you to remove the ornaments from the cookie cutters more easily.

Step 3: Spread waxed paper over your work area, then fill the insides of the cookie cutters with birdseed mixture, packing tightly. (We used circle and heart shapes.)

Step 4: Poke a drinking straw near the top of each ornament to make a hole for hanging.

Step 5: Carefully remove each ornament from the cookie cutter and set on waxed paper. Let dry for several hours.

Step 6: Once the ornaments are dry, you can use peanut butter to decorate the rims and insides with other seeds. For example, spread a line of peanut butter around an outside rim, then press thistle onto the rim. Or use peanut butter to create a heart shape atop a circle, and press in thistle and corn kernels.

Step 7: Thread ribbon through the hole, and hang on a tree.

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