Bird Seed Tree
These goodies are so pretty they'd brighten a tree even without the snow. Make the ornaments with flour, water, corn syrup, and gelatin, and then decorate them with birdseed. Walnuts, cranberries, and kumquats form a cheerful garland.
Bird Seed Ornaments
Use cookie cutters to make ornaments. They're easy -- no baking -- and fun to decorate. These hearts have a mixed-seed base, with corn kernels pressed into an outside rim of thistle seed and peanut butter. See recipe below.
Fruit Bird Feeder
Most birds love apples. Create this feeder for about $7 plus paint. Screw a threaded rod (#44540) into a post cap (#7970). Drill holes through the apples and thread them onto the rod, then top with a finial (#19285) and a screw eye (#331105).
Bird Seed Wreath
Bake bread dough in a doughnut shape, slather on peanut butter, and coat with Ultra Nut Fruit Blend (#349342) for the seeds. Dinner for the birds! Add a pretty bow to make it a decoration for the yard.
Ground Bird Seed Feeder
Trace a bird outline in the snow, then fill the shape with different types of seed. We used a 5-pound bag of no-waste blend (#304262), a 7-pound bag of critter mix (#130331), and an 8-pound bag of thistle seed (#211967).
Score with Scale
A birdbath becomes a meal on a pedestal with cobs of corn (#28880) and any seed mix you have on hand. We used No Waste Bird Seed (#304262), Squirrel Seed & Nut Blend (#130331), and Thistle Bird Seed (#211967).
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.