Sunday, December 18, 2011

For the Birds

Ornaments make great gifts for everyone - but what about our little feathered friends?  Well, these bird seed ornaments have been all over Follow Me on Pinterest, so I thought we'd make some.  We had the most fun and they turned out just beautifully!

You will need:
3-4 cups of birdseed
cookie cutters (or molds of some sort)

Boil 1 cup of water and dissolve gelatine in it.  I used a 4 c. glass measuring cup so I could just dump the birdseed in once it was all dissolved up.  Add the birdseed (we didn't quite have enough, so I added some All Bran - birds like fiber, right?)  Your mixture should be spoonable but not watery.  Since we only had cookie cutters, I taped them down to a piece of wax paper so (hopefully) the seed wouldn't ooze out the bottom.  Hot tip - next time, I will put the wax paper on a cookie sheet before we filled 'em up.  Whoops!

In case you wondered what my youngest does while we girls are having fun crafting . . . this is it.  Meet...Spatula Man!

Once your mixture is ready, fill your molds halfway up, then lay a piece of yarn tied in a loop for the hanger.  I heart this little 3-year-old hand holding a spoon - she's getting too big too fast!

All filled up and ready to set!  We set ours outside so they would set up faster (although it only got down to 40, so it wasn't exactly freezing out).

Look how pretty!  I hope the birds do come and enjoy them - this tree is right outside the window of our landing, so it is a great spot to sit and watch.

Ahhh, yes, these little guys fell off their hangers as soon as we tried to pick them up.  Welcome to the Land of Impatient Crafters - oh well, now the chipmunks will get some, too! 

I probably linked up to: Make Something Mondays at Sarahndipities  Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings     Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie     Inspiration Board at homework     Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog     Show and Tell Linking Party at Blue Cricket Design     We Did It! Wednesday at Sew Much Ado     Things I've Done Thursday at Bear Rabbit Bear      Home for the Holidays at Uncommon      Taking Time-Out Thursday at Mom On Timeout      Create and Share at The Trendy Treehouse    Winter Wonderland at igottacreate      Christmas Craft Marathon at Lisa's Craft Blog    Latest and Greatest Friday at Days of Chalk and Chocolate     Winter Wonderland at igottacreate   Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous   Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects   Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands      Tickled Pink at 504 Main      Scrappy Saturdays at Candace Creations    A Holiday Linky Party at The Southern Product Queen   Shine on Friday at Happy Go Lucky    It's a Hodgepodge Friday at It's a Hodgepodge Life     Not Baaad Sundays with Lamb Around     Fun Stuff Friday  at Toys in the Dryer    


  1. Spatula Man! Nice drop shadow btw ;)

  2. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I might just set this up with my 5 yo cousin some time soon. Thanks for sharing (and following me) I'm your newest follower!

  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

  4. Hi. This is a nice idea! I wannna try this one :D

  5. I love this! And your little mitten is perfect for those of us in Michigan. :) I can hardly wait until my daughter is old enough to help with projects like this!

  6. I really love this idea. How cute would those look hanging from the trees.

  7. I tried this last year with corn syrup and it was a mess. I am going to try your recipe this time.

  8. SUPER cute, i always love these. how cute would these be as favors for a winter wedding or something? so stinking cute.

  9. We made these last year and the kids had a great time making them and watching to see who came to feed. Thanks for the great reminder to make these! I love the mitten one you made.
    Little Wonders' Days

  10. These are so cute!! I think we are going to try making them over the Christmas break. Thanks!!

  11. My 3 year old loved doing this. perfect activity


I read all your comments - and I'll respond if you aren't a no-reply blogger!