Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 4 - Birdseed Ornaments

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

We thought this was a perfect project to post on Thanksgiving. Like many of you we have been talking about being thankful for all we have with our children. We like to find ways to have our boys do kind things for others. Here is an activity that you and your children can do to help feed the birds and squirrels in your neighborhood and look so cute!

We found this idea at Family Fun. We tried making a batch using their recipe, but they didn't turn out very well. They crumbled almost immediately. We read other peoples' reviews and saw that this was a common problem. We still loved the idea of these cute birdseed ornaments, so we experimented with adding more flour and water and came up with this great recipe. This time they worked perfectly. They look adorable in the trees and we know our bird friends will love them!

What you will need:

  • 3/4 cup of birdseed

  • 2 tablespoons of flour

  • 2 tablespoons of water

  • metal cookie cutters

  • straws

  • foil lined cookie sheet

  • cooking spray

  • ribbon
This recipe makes two or three ornaments. We quadrupled the recipe and made 9 fairly big ornaments.

Preheat your oven to 170 degrees. First, place your cookie cutters on your cookie sheet. Spray your cookie sheet and cookie cutters with cooking spray.

Cut your straws into two inch pieces. They will make the hole in your biscuits.
Mix your flour and water together in a medium sized bowl.

Add the birdseed and mix.

Spoon mixture into the cookie cutters. Place a straw piece near the top of the cookie cutter. Press the birdseed mixture in well. We found that the back of our spoon worked well.

Bake for about an hour to an hour and a half if you are making a larger batch. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely. Remove the straws.

String each ornament with a pretty ribbon.

Hang outside in a favorite tree. You may want to make several batches, they won't last long!

The birds will thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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  1. Thanks for the post! My birdseed cookies are in the oven as we speak!

  2. Such a cute idea! Ours were sort of crumbly when they were finished, though. (We'll have to put them in a bowl for the birds instead of hanging them on the tree. Do you think we needed more flour/water paste, or do you think they needed more time to cook?